Health officials from the U.K. to Trinidad refuted rapper Nicki Minaj’s “false claim”; that her cousin’s friend’s testicles swelled after he received a Covid-19 vaccine in her home country of Trinidad.
In an Instagram story posted late Wednesday, Minaj said she was in “Twitter jail.” “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block; I guess. My poll was gonna be … Asking questions is OK, I like being f— dumb, Then boom. Can’t tweet,” Minaj wrote, dropping two laughing emojis at the end. CNBC has reached out to Twitter for comment.
Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh, health minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; said Minaj’s tweet late Monday to her more than 22 million followers sent the ministry on a wild goose chase trying to track down the poor man she said became impotent and lost his fiance over the side effects.
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“Unfortunately we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” Deyalsingh said. “As far as we know at this point in time; there has been no such reported either side effect or adverse event. 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.”
Deyalsingh said that there hasn’t been a single reported case of testicular swelling following Covid vaccine shots in Trinidad and that; health officials weren’t aware of any cases “anywhere else in the world.”
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, islands in the Caribbean, has fully vaccinated about 35% of its population, and is recording an average of about 200 new Covid cases a day; according to Reuters. Several types of vaccines are used in the country, including those made by China’s Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer. It is unclear which vaccine Minaj’s cousin’s friend received.
The rapper’s comments made waves across the world, attracting backlash over Twitter; from media figures, disgruntled fans and government health officials.