Nicki Minaj is not a doctor. She is not a scientist. It’s probably safe to say her cousin’s infamously impotent friend is not a medical expert either.
So when, as Minaj tweeted, her cousin said his friend became impotent after taking a COVID vaccine, the burden rests on medical experts to prove and explain to him the vaccine’s safety. Average civilians do not have the expert knowledge to evaluate the safety of everything that goes into our body, from food to medicine, which is why we task trusted experts under the authority of elected officials with guiding us. Most of us have no choice but to rely on them as a filter.
So what happens when the trust is gone? Minaj’s cousin’s friend is an extreme example, but an instructive one. Her skeptical cousin needs to trust someone with expertise to explain why his friend’s condition was not caused by the vaccine and to explain why the vaccine is