September 18, 2021

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Dr Fauci suggests Nicki Minaj’s “Swollen Balls” vaccine claim is simply crazy

Dr Anthony Fauci may be a little irritated by Nicki Minaj’s false claim that the COVID-19 vaccine could cause a man’s testicles to swell.

On Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert to answer an anecdote Minaj shared on Twitter to explain why she hasn’t been vaccinated yet.

The hip-hop entertainer tweeted Monday who had planned to give himself a coronavirus injection once he did further research, but then shared an anecdote allegedly from a Trinidadian cousin who claimed his friend’s testicles swelled after he received the vaccine.

Although many Twitter users took action to challenge Minaj’s bold – and false – claim, Tapper decided to get Fauci’s opinion. But he also felt compelled to explain why he was asking the doctor a question he knew was ridiculous.

“Normally I wouldn’t even ask you about that, but Nicki Minaj has nearly 180 million followers on Twitter and Instagram combined,” Tapper noted, and added that vaccine opponents had used her questionable tweet as “some kind of proof. “.

Tapper then asked Fauci if there was any evidence that the vaccines caused reproductive problems.

“The answer, Jake, is a resounding no,” said Fauci. There is no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine it happening. So the answer to your question is no. “

Fauci then stressed how difficult it is for officials to counter disinformation and disinformation like Minaj’s while trying not to attack her.

“These claims may be innocent of her – I’m not blaming her for anything – but she should think twice before releasing information that actually has no basis other than a one-off anecdote,” he said. “That’s not what science is about.”

So far, Minaj hasn’t commented on Fauci’s comments, but, according to Mediaite, she has been embroiled in Twitter wars with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Meghan McCain, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among others.