“There is no evidence that it occurs, and there is no mechanistic reason to believe that it would occur,” he said. “As a result, the answer to your question is no.
Fauci then discussed the dangers of vaccine misinformation.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to combat misinformation and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” he said. “And to essentially debunk these kinds of claims, which may or may not be true. I’m not blaming her for anything, but she should think twice before spreading information that has no basis.”
The erroneous statement was made by the “Starships” rapper on Monday in a series of tweets explaining why she did not attend this year’s Met Gala. In one post, the rapper, who admitted to testing positive for Covid herself, told fans that she didn’t want to jeopardize her baby’s health. Last year, Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, welcomed their first child together.
She continued, saying: “They want you to get a Met vaccination. It will not be for the Met if I get vaccinated. It will be after I have completed sufficient research. I’m working on it right now. In the meantime, stay safe, my loves. Wear the mask with two strings that cinch around your head and face. That loose one, not so much.”
In a third tweet, the rapper shared an odd story about her cousin’s Trinidadian friend who received the vaccine “and became impotent.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent vaccination information page, there is “currently no evidence that any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, causes fertility problems in women or men.”
Minaj’s tweets sparked outrage and elicited strong reactions from a wide range of leaders and officials.
“I’m not familiar with the works, or as familiar with the works of Nicki Minaj as I probably should be,” U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted, adding that “vaccines are wonderful and everyone should get them.”
Joy Reid, host of MSNBC, also slammed the Grammy-winning artist.
“You have 22 million Twitter followers. My God, sister, you can do better than using your platform to encourage our community not to protect themselves and save their lives “Reid stated.
Even Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister felt compelled to debunk Minaj’s story, in which she claimed her cousin’s friend lived on the island nation.
“We had to spend a lot of time and energy yesterday… because if it’s true, we don’t want to be accused of simply ignoring it. But we spent a long time yesterday trying to find it. So far, it has not been proven in Trinidad or… anywhere else in the world “Terrence Deyalsingh stated this during a Covid news conference on Wednesday.
Minaj’s tweet, according to Deyalsingh, “did not help” and makes their job more difficult because the rapper has “some sway.”
Despite health officials’ denials, a small crowd gathered outside the CDC in Atlanta and chanted, “You know Fauci’s lying!” “She said I’m not going to take your vaccine to go to some stupid Met Gala,” one man yelled. “You know Fauci’s lying.”