US rapper Nicki Minaj had spread crude theories about the side effects of the corona vaccines on social networks – and thus caused a stir. The US government has now proposed an expert interview.
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After a much discussed tweet by US rapper Nicki Minaj about alleged side effects of a corona vaccination, the White House offered the pop star a conversation with an expert. Minaj has more than 22 million followers on Twitter, so what she says has an impact.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday (local time) in Washington that an offer has now been made that Minaj could call one of the government’s health professionals to answer her questions about the safety and effectiveness of a vaccination. The offer was made at the employee level. A possible format or other details have not yet been discussed.
Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in New York, raised doubts about the safety of a corona vaccination in a tweet on Monday. The 38-year-old wrote that a friend of her cousin’s in Trinidad had swollen testicles after being vaccinated against the coronavirus and that he had become impotent. Minaj also advised her more than 22 million followers to think carefully about the decision to vaccinate and not to be intimidated.
“Yes i will go”
Minaj wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that she had been invited to the White House. “The White House invited me and I think this is a step in the right direction. Yes, I will go. I will be dressed all in pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I will ask pose on behalf of the people who have been made fun of because they are just people, “wrote the rapper in her tweet.
For this, the rapper earned a lot of ridicule and criticism. Britain’s top medical government adviser, Chris Whitty, said Minaj should be ashamed. There are people who spread untruths about vaccination even though they knew better. The Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago, Terrence Deyalsingh, found himself obliged to make a public statement: he stated that there were no reports of such a case in his country, and at the same time complained that “a lot of time had been wasted investigating this false claim” .
The US government has been trying hard for months to convince skeptics and critics in the country of a corona vaccination. Around 54 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. In the past few weeks, the vaccination campaign has made very slow progress due to widespread vaccination skepticism.