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Since the beginning of the global Covid-19 pandemic, misinformation has plagued efforts to keep the disease in check, especially when it comes to the vaccines that experts across the world have lauded as our best chance to control infection rates, reduce mortality and get the different strains in check.

Myths have spread across the internet like wildfire about them and in some cases have been perpetrated by its biggest personalities — including celebrities,  pundits, politicians and other influencers with large followings.

Former presidential candidate Kanye West called a coronavirus vaccine “the mark of the beast” in an interview with Forbes and said those pushing it “want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.” 

Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, (R-N.C.) implied the vaccine effort was a way to build the infrastructure to confiscate people's guns and Bibles.

But recently rapper Nicki Minaj, whose previous attempt to "break the internet" fell somewhat shy of the mark, tweeted something so egregious about the covid vaccines currently in production, that it forced the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to come out and personally debunk it Tuesday in an interview on CNN:

Internet experts and other bystanders quickly piled on to the statement by the "Chun Li" rapper who had been explaining to fans why she didn't plan to attend Monday's star-studded Met Gala previously in the thread.

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,” she tweeted, before recommending that people get vaccinated and saying she would eventually do the same because she has to go on tour.

Several commenters claimed that her cousin's friend had most likely injured himself and or contracted a venereal disease. 

MSNBC's Joy Reid  was more direct, scolding the star for putting out spurious theories to her fan base.

You have a platform, sister, that is 22 million followers, OK? I have 2 million followers. You have 22 million followers on Twitter," Reid told Minaj. "For you to use your platform to encourage our community to not protect themselves and save their lives, my God sister, you can do better than that! You got that platform -- it's a blessing that you got that! The people listen to you -- and they listen to you more than they listen to me!"

"For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don't have to die from, oh my God, sister. As a fan, as a hip-hop fan, as somebody who is your fan, I'm so sad that you did that, so sad that you did that, sister. Oh, my God," Reid added.  

So, what did Dr. Fauci have to say about the veracity of Minaj's claims? Replying to CNN's Jake Tapper who asked him “Is there any evidence that the Pfizer, the Moderna, or the J&J vaccines cause any reproductive issues in men or women?” The doctor said, “There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen. So the answer to your question is no.”

So, it appears for now at least that everyone who had concerns raised by Minaj's story can relax, well perhaps except for her cousin's friend and his now very famous balls. 

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