Nicki Minaj has stunned the world after posting some pretty questionable tweets in which the rapper questions the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.
Is Nicky Minaj an anti-vaxxer?
After having been absent at two high profile events in the last weeks—the VMAs and the MET Gala—the rapper revealed that she caught COVID while preparing for the Video Music Awards. When asked by one fan on Twitter why she had been M.I.A for so long, Minaj responded that she did not want to risk the health of her newborn child, which she then linked to vaccine hesitancy. The 38-year-old said:
She later softened her stance by confirming that she would eventually have to get jabbed if she planned on travelling for upcoming performances and tours. However, the rapper quickly regressed back to anti-vaxx rhetoric by advancing unfounded claims regarding vaccination and impotence when she tweeted:
Impotence is not linked to COVID vaccines
Thankfully, medical professionals have stepped in to dispel the baseless and very dangerous conspiracy theories advanced by Minaj. Dr Leana Wen commented to People Magazine:
It is just not true that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is associated with infertility in either males or females. In fact, we know that there are actually consequences, if somebody gets COVID-19, in terms of the impact on the male reproductive system.
There have been studies that have linked scrotal discomfort and low sperm count to having COVID-19. In addition, there has been an association between scrotal swelling and congestion to having COVID-19. So, to emphasize, these are not associated with the vaccine but with the disease.