Rep. George Santos, one of the outspoken critics of COVID-19 vaccines, has now introduced a new bill named after Nicki Minaj as he tries to ease the worry of people who fear getting shots. According to political reporter Kadia Goba, The Minaj Act requires a development period for new vaccines before its available to the public.
Rep. George Santos just dropped seven bills in the hopper. Among them, The Minaj Act, named for — yes, you guessed it — rapper Nikki Minaj that establishes a development period for new vaccines in order to generate public confidence.
— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) April 17, 2023
The bill is named after the 40-year-old rapper because she made headlines for sharing an unusual story in 2021. That’s when Minaj said one of her cousin’s friends got the COVID-19 vaccine and became “impotent” and had to cancel his wedding due to his “swollen testicles.”
My 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. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021
Santos, meanwhile, was very critical of how government officials handled the pandemic, The Daily Beast reported. The New York representative slammed COVID mask mandates and shutdowns.
If you vote for a Democrat in New York this November, they will slap masks back on our children and make the COVID vaccine mandatory.
Don’t be fooled because they relaxed restrictions in a laughable attempt to win your vote!https://t.co/BaZHHbAG3i
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) March 20, 2022
He also doubted the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting it might have health side effects.
I got viral pneumonia the last 3 times I took the flu shot. I have very compromised lungs and my doctor actually suggested I stay far away from the #CovidVaccine until further notice.
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) December 1, 2020