Letitia Wright was nearly canceled on Twitter on Thursday night for asking the wrong questions about the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.
The Black Panther star shared a link to a YouTube video that was critical about the safety of the vaccine, which is on track for release in the U.S. by the end of the year.
She wrote alongside the video: "if you don't conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself... you get canceled."
if you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled ?
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020
Her post quickly drew angry replies from fans who criticized Letitia for using her platform to disparage the vaccine.
Replying to one, Letitia wrote: "You have every right to ask questions about what goes into your body and ask questions until you feel you are ready."
She added: "not my intention to make anyone upset (prayer hands emoji). Nor am I saying don’t take it. I’m just concerned about what’s in it that’s all. Isn’t that fair to question or ask?"
According to the Washington Post, 65% of doctors and nurses surveyed say they "intend to delay vaccination," meaning they do not intend to get the vaccine when it becomes available.
Seventy-six percent of healthcare workers cited the "fast-tracked vaccine development" as a primary reason for their concerns.
Vaccine development routinely takes nearly a decade. The vaccine must be rigorously tested -- first in rodents, rabbits or chimps -- before testing can even begin on humans.
One of the leading vaccine manufacturers, Moderna, reportedly skipped the animal testing altogether.
"The timetable for a coronavirus vaccine is 18 months. Experts say that's risky," infectious disease expert Dr. Emily Erbelding told CNN.
Another vaccine frontrunner, Pfizer Inc. settled a $486 million lawsuit for "concealing safety risks associated with its Celebrex and Bextra pain-relieving drugs."
All of the vaccine manufacturers are protected from liabilities if anyone dies or is maimed by their products.