Fauci debunks coronavirus vaccine infertility conspiracies after Nicki Minaj tweets

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Nicki Minaj accepts the Gamechanger Award onstage during Billboard Women In Music 2019, presented by YouTube Music, on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Billboard) (Rich Fury via Getty Images)
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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pushed back against a coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theory shared by Nicki Minaj - insisting there is no evidence that it causes infertility after the pop star tweeted about her cousin's hesitancy to get vaccinated and sparked a social media controversy.

Minaj tweeted on Monday night that her cousin in Trinidad, where the singer and rapper is from, "won't get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen."

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Fauci, in response to a question Tuesday from CNN's Jake Tapper about Minaj's claim, said "the answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no." "There's no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen. So the answer to your question is no." Other medical experts have long said that claims about infertility linked to vaccinations are unsubstantiated.

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The Minaj saga extended all the way to the United Kingdom, forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to say he is "not as familiar with the works of Nicki Minaj as I probably should be" and to urge people to get immunized against the coronavirus, highlighting the ongoing struggles against coronavirus misinformation.

British Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty called Minaj's claim a "myth" and said that those spreading untruths about coronavirus vaccines "should be ashamed."

Fauci said: "She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except a one-off antidote, and that's not what science is all about."

In response to Johnson, Minaj later posted an audio message on social media, claiming in an accent that she is "actually British" and offered to send him a portfolio of her work.

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