M.I.A. Deemed ‘Irresponsible’ For Comments On Coronavirus Vaccine

The rapper's comments have, naturally, proved controversial.


by Bonnie McLaren |
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Singer M.I.A. has revealed she is against vaccines. So much so that she says she’d chose death over a coronavirus vaccine. ‘If I have to choose the vaccine or chip I'm gonna choose death,’ she tweeted yesterday.

Understandably, the tweet provoked a ferocious response, and when a follower called the mum-of-one out for being an ‘anti vaxxer,’ the rapper responded with, ‘Yeah in America they made me [vaccinate] my child before the school admission. It was the hardest thing. To not have choice over this as a mother. I never wanna feel that again. He was so sick for 3 weeks then Docs had to pump him with antibiotics to reduce the fever from 3 vaxins.’

‘As an adult you have choice! By then you've built your immune system. You have a choice as an "adult" wishing you all good health,’ she continued in a since-deleted tweet, before adding, ‘Don't panic you are ok. You are not gonna die. You can make it without stressing the medical systems. Just breathe. You are going to be ok. You can make it through without jumping in the frying pan. You are fine. All the vaccines [you've] already had is enough to see you through.’ The singer then concluded with the statement: ‘Cancelling is irrelevant!’

Naturally, there was a backlash, considering the enormous death toll from the virus in recent months. 'Beyond irresponsible and reckless' one follower commented. 'This tweet has disappointed me more than your last 2 albums', said another.

MPs in the UK heard yesterday that a vaccine could be ready in as little as six months time. Prof Andrew Pollard, from Oxford University told the Commons science and technology committee that the timeline depended on trials going well and production sites being expanded.

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