Analysis by Brandon Tensley | CNN
Those Nicki Minaj tweets? Let’s talk about them.
On Monday, Minaj said that her cousin in Trinidad, where the superstar is from, “won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen.”
There is no link between the Covid-19 vaccines and infertility, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained in August.
This unfounded fear isn’t new, vaccine expert and pediatrician Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, the chief of Stanford University School of Medicine’s division of pediatric infectious diseases, told CNN earlier this year.
“Oh my goodness, people have been saying this about every vaccine since I can remember,” said Maldonado, who also chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. “There is no evidence that this vaccine will affect development or fertility.”
Minaj also suggested that she isn’t vaccinated, saying that she’s waiting until she feels that she’s “done enough research.”
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta debunked the rapper’s claim on New Day.
“The Journal of the Medical Association looked specifically at fertility issues and didn’t find fertility issues,” he said. “I appreciate her wanting to do the research. It’s out there. I wish her cousin’s friend well, but that’s not related to the vaccine.”
It can be easy, in some ways, to fret, to wonder: Could Minaj’s tweets make a bad problem even worse? After all, across the country and across demographics, vaccine hesitancy, and outright vaccine refusal, remains a problem.
That line of thinking feels a bit rash, though, and maybe even misreads the broader dynamics of celebrity influence in politics.
Minaj is hardly the only celebrity whose sway has come under scrutiny — and she certainly won’t be the last.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment