It might be dismissed as an ephemeral matter, but it is all-too-typical of the nature of debate and discussion of the pandemic and its vaccines. Pop musician Nicki Minaj set off a storm last week by tweeting that her “cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.”
Out of the thousands of responses, and responses to those responses, etc., that followed, one of the more astute came from a blockchain engineer, David Schwartz: “I could listen to what doctors and other medical professionals are saying based on data involving millions of people, or I could listen to what Nicki Minaj says her cousin told her about his friend. However can I reconcile these two nearly equally good choices?”.
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A host at CNN asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about Minaj’s story and about whether testicular swelling could result from a Covid vaccine.
Fauci said, “The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no. There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen.”