“We should all question this vaccine. Nicki Minaj told me the truth! Fauci […] lied to me”, shouted protesters as cited by WGCL-TV channel.
“We should all question this vaccine. Nicki Minaj told me the truth! Fauci [America’s leading infectious disease expert] lied to me”, shouted protesters as cited by WGCL-TV channel.
Nicki Minaj’s post has caused a stir on social media. Although there were those who supported the singer and her claim, other people, including health experts and media personalities have reproached her for spreading misinformation.
The 38-year-old’s claim even attracted the attention of the health minister of Trinidad and Tobago, where the singer and her cousin’s friend originally come from. Terrence Deyalsingh said his department spent all day checking to “make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false”.
“Unfortunately we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim”, said Mr Deyalsingh.
England’s chief medical officer said the rapper should be “ashamed” of herself. Neetu Abad, a behavioural scientist at the CDC, said people should rely on the advice of trusted medical professionals regarding their health, not celebrities.
Following the backlash, the rapper posted several statements in which she said she is not against coronavirus vaccines and is likely to get one, but noted that people have to do research on vaccines and that the decision to get a jab shouldn’t be forced on them.