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We’re sorry to have to tell you this, but it looks like M.I.A is an anti-vaxxer.
The 44 year-old “Paper Planes” rapper – real name is Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam – went on Twitter on Wednesday to say she’d rather die than have a vaccine or chip.
It comes about amidst a global coronavirus pandemic that has killed almost 20,000 people to date.
If I have to choose the vaccine or chip I'm gonna choose death - YALA — M.I.A. (@M.I.A.)
Specifically referencing Covid-19, she added:
Then, when Twitter user @thepackisbackk quote-tweeted and branded the rapper an anti-vaxxer – someone who is against vaccinations – she responded “Yeah” and added:
Offering her (unqualified) medical opinion, she then tweeted:
Have a healthy life. Don't live in fear! — M.I.A. (@M.I.A.)
Don't panic you are ok. You are not gonna die. You can make it without stressing the medical systems. Just breathe.… https://t.co/6YotAxXlii — M.I.A. (@M.I.A.)
The backlash to M.I.A’s anti-vaccination rant was swift, with many calling her out for spreading misinformation:
@MIAuniverse Girl, what are you talking about?!! — Jessica Collins (@Jessica Collins)
@MIAuniverse OMGGG go ahead and log off for me baby — G F SPIRIT SHREDDER (@G F SPIRIT SHREDDER)
@MIAuniverse Oh no, we have to cancel — Neon (@Neon)
@MIAuniverse Yeah. We cancel your crazy ass — Desslyn Storm (@Desslyn Storm)
Cancelling is irrelevant! — M.I.A. (@M.I.A.)
As it currently stands, there is no viable vaccine for Covid-19.
There are reportedly 35 companies racing to create one, with four in the testing phases and one on the cusp of commencing human trials.
It could take around 18 months until a vaccine is ready for the general population.