What is Going on with Nicki Minaj and her Vaccine Conspiracies?
By: Harsh Chourasia
The two Tories were drawn into a debate about the global rap superstar after she revealed to her 22.6 million Twitter followers she has not been vaccinated.
Being COVID jabbed was one of the primary requirements for attendance at this week's glamorous New York fashion event, The Met Gala, where Minaj - a regular attendee over the years - was noticeably absent. On Twitter, she indicated that she was doing her own research on jabs.
On Monday evening, Minaj seemed to criticize the Met Gala’s vaccine requirement, citing a recent experience with COVID-19 that prevented her from caring for her young child and explaining that she will get the vaccine “once I feel I’ve done enough research.”
Minaj then shared a story about a cousin in Trinidad who refused to be vaccinated because his friend got jabbed, became impotent and got swollen testicles.
Chris Whitty, 55, the face of Britain's coronavirus response not previously known for his knowledge of celebrities, didn't skip a beat when he was asked about Minaj's comments at a Covid question and answer session on Tuesday. “There are a number of myths that fly around, some of which are just clearly ridiculous,” he told reporters.
Additionally, the claim about her cousin's friend having swollen testicles and becoming impotent as a result of getting the COVID-19 vaccine has been trashed by the medical community on social media.
Speaking of this controversy, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta said that COVID vaccination has nothing to do with swollen testicles. He also added, “Talks about impotency and infertility issues have been a misconception since the vaccine was invented”.
However, her words seemed to affect the anti-vaccine populace of the United States, who have turned her into their overnight icon. At a time when COVID numbers are rising in the country, hand in hand with the public’s distrust of COVID vaccines, the White House is looking to shut down such divisive comments from influential people.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the President’s representatives “went on a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors offered to answer the questions she had about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.”
The rapper has yet to withdraw her statements on vaccines but has since been mostly silent on social media. However, she had posted that she plans to get vaccinated as she “has to go on tours.”
Travel in the US remains restricted without a vaccine certificate.
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