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Chris Whitty criticises Nicki Minaj’s claims about Covid vaccines

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Chris Whitty and Boris Johnson today criticized Nicki Minaj for spreading a “false” and “ridiculous” myth that coronavirus vaccines can cause impotence.

The Prime Minister said he would rather listen to Nikki Kanani, NHS England’s top GP, about the jab as he and the Chief Medical Officer condemned the star’s comments.

Minaj was mocked after telling her 22 million Twitter followers that her cousin won’t get the vaccine because his friend reportedly became impotent after being stung.

The 38-year-old tweeted yesterday: ‘My cousin in Trinidad is not getting the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend would be weeks away from getting married, now the girl has called off the wedding. So just pray for it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision and not being bullied.”

Whitty and Johnson were asked by a reporter about Minaj’s comments during their press conference this afternoon from Downing Street.

Nicki Minaj was mocked after telling her 22 million Twitter followers that her cousin won’t get the vaccine because his friend reportedly became impotent after being stung

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference in Downing Street this afternoon

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference in Downing Street this afternoon

Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty at Downing Street briefing today

The Prime Minister said: ‘I am not as familiar with Nicki Minaj’s works as I probably should be.

“But I know Nikki Kanani, Bexley GP superstar, who has appeared before you many times, who will tell you that vaccines are great and everyone should get them. So I’d rather listen to Nikki Kanani.’

What did Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty do?

Boris Johnson

“I’m not as familiar with Nicki Minaj’s work as I probably should be, but I know Nikki Kanani, Bexley GP superstar who has appeared before you many times, who will tell you that vaccines are great and everyone can use them.” should get . So I’d rather listen to Nikki Kanani.’

Chris Whitty

“There are a number of myths flying around with varying… some of which are just plain ridiculous, and some of which are clearly meant to scare you. That just happens to be one of them. That is not true.

My own strong suggestion to media present and non-present is to repeat them publicly and give them credibility they don’t need. They are not true, period.

“If you think about where we actually are in general… the vast majority of people are vaccinated, so the vast majority of people are ignoring these myths.

“And if you’re talking about people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, you’re talking about more than 90 percent of people who get vaccinated, and very few people are active in… the antivaxx group.” .

“There are some people who have strange beliefs, and fine, and they make their own choices, and in a way fine, people, adults can make their own choices. How strange that is actually a basic principle of medical ethics.

“But there are also those who try to discourage other people from taking a vaccine that could be life-saving or prevent them from sustaining life-changing injuries to themselves.

“And a lot of those people, I’m sorry to say, I think they know they’re peddling untruths, but they still do it. I think they should be ashamed of themselves. And I’ll leave it at that.’

And Mr Whitty said: ‘There are a number of myths flying around with varying … some of which are just plain ridiculous, and some of which are clearly designed to just scare you. That just happens to be one of them. That is not true.

My own strong suggestion to media present and non-present is to repeat them publicly, giving them credibility they don’t need. They are not true, period.

“If you think about where we actually are in general… the vast majority of people are vaccinated, so the vast majority of people are ignoring these myths.

“And if you’re talking about people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, you’re talking about more than 90 percent of people who get vaccinated, and very few people are active in… the antivaxx group.” .

“There are some people who have strange beliefs, and fine, and they make their own choices, and in a way fine, people, adults can make their own choices. How strange that is actually a basic principle of medical ethics.

“But there are also those who try to discourage other people from taking a vaccine that could be life-saving or prevent them from sustaining life-changing injuries to themselves.

“And a lot of those people, I’m sorry to say, I think they know they’re peddling untruths, but they still do it. I think they should be ashamed of themselves. And I’ll leave it at that.’

In response to Mr Whitty’s comments, DailyMail.com US Editor-in-Chief Piers Morgan tweeted: “Professor Whitty arguing with the hideous @NICKIMINAJ (one of the rudest little ladies I’ve ever met) isn’t breaking news that I expected today – but it is most welcome. She is peddling lies that will cost lives.’

It comes after Minaj revealed this week that she has not been vaccinated and was not moved to get the shot by the Met Gala attendance requirements.

The rapper who topped the charts said she caught Covid preparing for the MTV Video Music Awards, which took place on Sunday.

Guests at the Met Gala — a glamorous New York City event known as fashion’s biggest night — reportedly had to be fully vaccinated to participate.

Minaj, who withdrew from the VMAs, told fans on Twitter that she was still researching vaccines.

She tweeted: “They want you vaccinated before the Met. if I get vaccinated, not for the Met. It will be when I feel I have done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime, my beloved, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that enclose your head and face. Not the loose one.’

Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty (left), Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance (C) walk Downing Street this afternoon

Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty (left), Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance (C) walk Downing Street this afternoon

Minaj, whose son turns one later this month, said Drake, her close friend and superstar rapper, contracted Covid despite being vaccinated.

She said: ‘I was preparing for vmas and then I shot a video and guess who got COVID? You know what it’s like to not be able to kiss or hold your little baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mommy? ‘get vaccinated’ Drake just told me he got covid with THE VACCINE tho so chili.’

Minaj, who was criticized for her comments, said she would recommend the vaccine to anyone who needed it for work. And she said she might need to get the jab when she starts touring.

In the US, hesitation about vaccines is one of the biggest problems facing the Joe Biden administration.

Last week, the president criticized the roughly 80 million unvaccinated Americans and announced sweeping new vaccine requirements.

There are more than 41 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US, official figures show, with more than 660,000 deaths.

In Britain it was announced today that, in addition to annual flu shots, millions of people will be offered booster vaccines against Covid starting next week.

Those eligible include anyone 50 and older, people who live and work in retirement homes, and primary care health and social workers.

Anyone who is clinically extremely frail and anyone aged 16 to 65 in a risk group for Covid is also eligible for a shot.

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