fbpx
Sunday, October 17, 2021
No menu items!

Nicki Minaj’s COVID-19 vaccine ‘swollen testicles’ claim is false, says Trinidad health minister

Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh on Wednesday (September 15) criticized as “false” the claim by American rapper Nicki Minaj that a person on the Caribbean island suffered swollen testicles after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Trinidad-born Minaj sparked an international furor when she alleged on Twitter that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get a vaccine because his friend become impotent after being vaccinated.

“His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers, said on Monday.

The comments triggered an international backlash, with senior U.S. and British coronavirus officials condemning the claims.

Deyalsingh also denounced the statement by the Grammy-nominated artist as a waste of time.

“One of the reasons why we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” Deyalsingh said.

When asked about Minaj’s tweets, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said there was a lot of misinformation on social media.

Minaj said in a separate tweet that she had not been able to complete enough research of her own on the COVID-19 vaccines to get one in time for the Met Gala, a star-studded fundraiser for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Later, Minaj added that she will get vaccinated to be able to tour.

(Production: Arlene Eiras)

Latest News

Smoke from Alisal fire in California seen from ISS

Plumes of smoke billowing from the Alisal fire that has been raging in California were seen from...

Pakistan’s Chaman border, closed for days due to fear of Afghans influx

A day after protesters took to the streets of Chaman to demand for the border crossing into Afghanistan to re-open, scores were...

Devotees in Nepal celebrate Hindu festival of Dashain

In celebration of the Hindu festival of Dashain, devotees in Nepal on Friday (October 15) placed a layer of cow dung on...

ETF approval could create ‘huge’ demand for bitcoin

Bitcoin hit $60,000 for the first time in six months on Friday (October 15), nearing its all-time high, as hopes grew that...

Ex-President Bill Clinton recovering in hospital from infection

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton remained in a California hospital on Friday (October 15), where he was recovering from a non-coronavirus infection...

More Articles Like This