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Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister slams Nicki Minaj’s vaccine claims

Nicki Minaj’s claims about the Covid-19 vaccine causing testicles to swell has seen her upset everyone from Piers Morgan to Dr Fauci, and now the Health Minister for Trinidad & Tobago has intervened.

In a surreal twist, this whole saga surrounding Minaj began in fairly innocuous circumstances when a fan asked why she was absent from the Met Gala. Explaining why she’s currently out of the public eye, Minaj said, “I have an infant with no nannies during COVID. Who mad? Not risking his health to be seen.”

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met,” she said on her next post, which backs up a report from the New York Times which stated attendees need a negative test, proof of vaccination, and also need to wear a mask unless they are eating.

Things then got stranger when Minaj stated that a friend of her cousin’s in Trinidad “became impotent” and “his testicles became swollen”.

“His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” Minaj told her millions of followers before adding “just pray on it” and “make sure you’re comfortable with [your] decision [to get vaccinated], not bullied”.

During a press conference yesterday, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Health, said no evidence supports her remarks. “It is, as far as we know, at this point in time – there has been no such reported either side effect or adverse event,” he said.

“And what was sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday, trying to track down, because we take all these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media or mainstream media. As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad or, I dare say, anywhere else. None that we know of anywhere else in the world.”

Meanwhile, Dr Fauci previously said about Minaj’s comments, “There’s no evidence that it happens nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen.”