Anthony Fauci spoke out against rapper Nicki Minaj's comment over her disbelief in COVID-19 vaccines, which she demonstrated in a tweet on Monday. United States' top epidemiologist, Fauci, said that her claims were based on a "one-off anecdote", according to US media reports.
In an interview with CNN this week, Fauci said, "She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis... except a one-off anecdote, and that's not what science is all about."
On Monday, the 38-year-old American rapper said that she will be skipping the glamour-packed Met Gala 2021, which was hosted in New York after being called off a year earlier due to COVID-19.
Nicki Minaj said that her reason for being a no-show at the event was that she had not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine as she does not have "enough research."
She wrote, "They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one."
However, Nicki Minaj's follow-up tweet created a major controversy.
"My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied," Minaj tweeted on Monday.
When asked about the possibility of the available COVID vaccines causing a sexual reproductive issue by CNN, Fauci said, "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."