White House invites call with Nicki Minaj to discuss COVID vaccine
Nicki Minaj questioned the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine this week on Twitter, prompting an offer from the White House for a call with a doctor to discuss the safety of the vaccine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Thursday.
Driving the news: Minaj on Monday wrote on Twitter that she would not attend the Met Gala because she had not received the COVID vaccine, which was a requirement to attend the event.
- "They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met," Minaj wrote in the tweet.
- Minaj then drew widespread attention over a subsequent tweet that included false information about the side effects of the vaccine, writing that her "cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent."
- Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper that "there’s no evidence that [male fertility problems] happen, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen."
Following the internet uproar over Minaj's tweets with misinformation about the vaccine's side effects, the White House offered a call with Minaj to explain the safety of the vaccine.
- "As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine," a White House official said in a statement.
Psaki on Thursday said officials had proposed "a very early stage call" about the efficacy of the vaccine.
- "This is pretty standard and something we do all the time. It was a very early stage call at a staff level, staff-to-staff, and ... we weren't even at the point of discussing the mechanisms or the format or anything along those lines, it was simply an offer to have a conversation, and an early-stage call"
- "We work with a range of partners to communicate the efficacy and the safety of the vaccine," Psaki said.
- "We know there might be more effective voices, we don't always know how effective working in partnership with celebrities may or may not be, but sometimes it is a tool that we can use," Psaki said.