Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister has dismissed rapper Nicki Minaj’s claims that a cousin’s friend had become impotent after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that the country’s health officials Caribbean had found no evidence that a patient had reported such side effects.
“As it stands, there are absolutely no reported side effects or adverse events of testicular swelling in Trinidad… and none that we know of in the world,” Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said at a conference press release Wednesday.
Deyalsingh lamented the time health officials spent investigating the allegation, saying they “take all of these allegations seriously.”
“Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday dealing with this false claim,” he said.
Minaj sparked a global backlash on Monday with a Tweeter in which she claimed that a friend of a cousin became impotent after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
“My cousin in Trinidad will not receive the vaccine because his friend received it and has become helpless. His testicles became swollen, ”she wrote. “Her friend was a few weeks away from getting married, now the girl has called off the wedding.”
Minaj encouraged her 22.5 million Twitter followers to “pray over it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not being bullied.”
In a previous tweet, Minaj said she skipped this year’s Met Gala because vaccines were needed to attend the event.
“If I get vaccinated, it won’t be [be] for the Met. It will be when I feel like I’ve done enough research. I’m working on this now. While waiting for my loves, be careful, ”she wrote.
Health officials around the world criticized the rapper, saying her tweet was spreading false information about the Covid-19 vaccine. There is no evidence that Covid-19 causes fertility problems.
“She should think twice before spreading information that really has no basis,” said Dr Anthony Fauci. CNN Tuesday.
UK Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told a press conference that those like Minaj who spread misinformation about vaccines should be “ashamed”.
“I think they know they are peddling untruths. But they do it anyway. In my opinion, they should be ashamed, ”he said.
The Caribbean nation’s TV hosts didn’t spare Trinidad-born Minaj from scathing critics, with one likening her tweet to a story in a bar.
“Come on Nicki… people are listening to you, people are following your particular example” noted CNC3 TV host Jason Williams. “It is irresponsible on all fronts.