Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US leading infectious disease expert, debunked a claim made by rapper Nicki Minaj that the COVID-19 vaccine can make men impotent.
Fauci dismissed the claim as false when asked about it during an interview Tuesday on CNN.
“There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen,” he said. “So the answer to your question is no.”
Fauci went on to talk about the dangers of vaccine misinformation.
“There’s a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter mis and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” he said. “And to essentially debunk these kinds of claims, which may be innocent on her part. I’m not blaming her for anything but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis.
The “Starships” rapper made the erroneous statement on Monday in a series of tweets explaining why she skipped this year’s Met Gala. In one post, the rapper, who said she tested positive for COVID-19 herself, told fans that she didn’t want to put her baby at risk.
Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, welcomed their first child together last year.
She went on to say: “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.”
In a third tweet, the rapper shared a bizarre story about her cousin’s friend who got the vaccine “& became impotent.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its most updated information page on vaccinations that there is “currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.”