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White House ‘offered Nicki Minaj a call’ after her wild Covid-19 vaccine claims

Nicki Minaj wants to go to the White House dressed in pink (Picture: Getty)

The White House ‘offered a call’ to Nicki Minaj in the wake of her bizarre claims about the Covid-19 vaccine.

On Twitter Nicki claimed she had been ‘invited’ rather than simply offered a chat on the phone, calling it a ‘step in the right direction’, and vowed to don an all pink outfit (which should please the Barbz).

As part of its drive to combat misinformation about the jab, the White House has offered similar calls with those who have concerns, and reached out to the rapper on Wednesday after she made the unfounded suggestion that the vaccine is linked to impotence.

She said: ‘The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction.

‘Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl (sic) who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3.’

In a statement to People a White House official said: ‘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.’

The Super Bass star’s previous claims about the jab were criticised by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty who said her comments were ‘clearly designed to scare’.

‘My own strong suggestion, if I may, to media present and not present, is repeating it in public actually just gives it credence which they don’t need,’ he said. ‘They’re untrue, full stop.’

‘If you think about where we are actually overall, the great majority are getting vaccinated, so the great majority are ignoring these myths,’ he continued. ‘And, if you talk about people in their 50s and 60s and 70s, you’re talking about over 90% of people getting vaccinated and very few people are actively in a sense in the anti-vax group.

‘There are group of people who’ve got strange believes, fine, and they make their own choices, in a sense also fine, people are adults and are able to make their own choices however strange that is, that is a principle of medical ethics, actually.

‘But there are also people who go around trying to discourage other people from taking a vaccine which could be life saving or prevent them from having life-changing injuries to themselves.’

Ending his passionate speech, Professor Whitty concluded: ‘Many of those people, I regret to say, know they are peddling untruths, but they still do it. In my view, they should be ashamed.’

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