Port of Spain, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh on Wednesday criticised as “false” the claim by American rapper Nicki Minaj that an individual on the Caribbean island suffered swollen testicles after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
Trinidad-born Minaj sparked a global furore when she alleged on Twitter that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get a vaccine as a result of his good friend turn into 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, stated on Monday.
The feedback triggered a global backlash, with senior US and British coronavirus officers condemning the claims.
Deyalsingh additionally denounced the assertion 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 stated.
When requested about Minaj’s tweets, Dr Anthony Fauci, the highest US infectious illness professional, stated there was loads of misinformation on social media.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Nicki Minaj’s false claim that Covid-19 vaccines trigger reproductive points: “She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis… except a one-off anecdote, and that’s not what science is all about.” pic.twitter.com/YXPZuQMs5s
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) September 14, 2021
“I’m not blaming her for anything – but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis as except a one-off anecdote, and that’s not what science is all about.”
Minaj stated in a separate tweet that she had not been in a position to full sufficient analysis of her personal 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’s going to get vaccinated to have the ability to tour.