Dr. Anthony Fauci threw cold water at Nicki Minaj’s claim that the COVID-19 vaccine can cause swollen testicles and lead to impotence.
The 38-year-old rap superstar made the claim when she explained her absence from the Met Gala in a now-viral tweet.
“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 wrote Monday afternoon.
During an interview on CNN on Tuesday, Fauci was asked by host Jake Tapper whether there is any evidence the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson jabs can adversely affect male or female reproductive systems.
“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,” President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser responded.
The top infectious diseases doc added that the singer’s tweet may be “innocent,” but that she should be careful about what she posts about the deadly bug on social media, where she has more than 22 million followers on Twitter alone.
“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,” Fauci said.
In another tweet, Minaj said: “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.”
She added: “In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”
The “Starships” singer was urged by some of her followers to rethink her stance on vaccines, citing research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows they are effective at keeping people from contracting fatal cases.
But the hip-hop magnate, who has walked the Met Gala carpet five times before, doubled down.
“Babe. That’s not true,” she replied before seemingly acknowledging that she previously caught the virus. “I had the exact same symptoms as ppl with the damn vaccine.”
Minaj also unleashed an expletive-laden tirade against MSNBC’s Joy Reid for being “so thirsty to down another black woman,” after the TV host lectured her for her vaccine skepticism.
“This is what happens when you’re so thirsty to down another black woman (by the request of the white man), that you didn’t bother to read all my tweets. ‘My God SISTER do better’ imagine getting ur dumb a– on tv a min after a tweet to spread a false narrative about a black woman,” Minaj tweeted.