The rapper claimed the vaccine had rendered her cousin’s friend ‘impotent’
ボリス・ジョンソン and Professor Chris Whitty were involved in a bizarre war of words with rapper ニッキー・ミナージュ on Tuesday after she claimed that her cousin’s friend was rendered “impotent” after having the COVID-19 ワクチン.
ミナージュ, 38, made the baseless claim to her 22 million followers on Twitter – drawing criticism from the prime minister and the UK’s chief medical officer.
The episode began when Minaj said she would not be attending Monday’s Met Gala in New York, which required attendants to be double-jabbed. Revealing she had not yet been vaccinated, Minaj stressed that “if I get vaccinated it won’t (be) for the Met”.
彼女は付け加えた: “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cause his friend got it and became impotent. His testicles became swollen.”
Impotence is not listed as a potential side-effect on the NHS website and there is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine causes fertility problems.
Asked about Minaj making the claim to her huge online following during a Covid-19 press conference at Downing Street, Prof Whitty said that anyone spreading falsehoods about the vaccine “should be ashamed”.
「飛び回る神話はたくさんあります … 明らかにばかげているものもあれば、怖がらせるためだけに設計されているものもあります," 彼は言った. “That happens to be one of them. That is untrue.”
The prime minister also responded to the comments and said he would rather listen to Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS England’s Medical Director of Primary Care, who “will tell you vaccines are wonderful and everyone should get them”.
Moments after the press conference, Minaj responded to Mr Johnson by tweeting: 「私は彼を愛しています。これはディスだったと思います。? アクセントうん! ヤスブー!!!」
She later recorded an audio message for the prime minister. Feigning an English accent, 彼女は言いました: “Hello Prime Minister, ボリス, it’s Nicki Minaj – I was just calling to tell you that you were so amazing on the news this morning. そして私は実際にはイギリス人です. 私はそこに生まれました. そこで大学に行きました. オックスフォードに行きました.
「私はマーガレットサッチャーと一緒に学校に行きました. And she told me so many nice things about you.”
During the press conference, Prof Whitty also denied claims that large numbers of young people were refusing to take the vaccine. “The great majority of people aged 16 に 29 have already taken up their first vaccine and are taking up their second," 彼は言った.