Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad did not become impotent after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Trinidad officials know that. They checked. And they are quite annoyed that they had to do so, as there is no documented evidence that a coronavirus vaccine has that kind of side effect – even though the disease itself can affect fertility.
Nevertheless, authorities in Trinidad, Britain and the United States have come out to definitively shoot down the rapper’s false claims about vaccines after she tweeted the used story Monday night.
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“My cousin in Trinidad will not get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,” she tweeted. “His testicles were swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl canceled the wedding. So just ask for it and make sure you are familiar with your decision, not the bully. ”
She sent out the tweet after announcing that she would not go to the Met Gala because all participants must be vaccinated and she is waiting to do “research”.
Terrence Deyalsingh, Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister, came out on Wednesday to publicly refute Minaj’s story after checking with 1.4 million people across the country.
“As we stand now, there are absolutely no reported such side effects or unwanted cases of testicular swelling in Trinidad … and none that we know of anywhere in the world,” Deyalsingh said. He added that his office takes “all these allegations seriously”, but investigating Minaj’s viral tweet turned out to be a “waste of time.”
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ leading expert on infectious diseases, also dismissed Minaj’s claim of vaccines and infertility.
“There is no evidence that this is happening, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine it would happen,” Fauci said on Tuesday after being asked about the potential side effect of CNN.
“I’m not blaming her for anything, but she should think twice about conveying information that really has no basis other than a one-time anecdote, and that’s not what science is about.”
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British health officials also condemned her story.
“There are a number of myths flying around that are just plain ridiculous,” said Chris Whitty, Britain’s chief medical officer. ‘Some of them are clearly designed just to scare, it happens to be one of them. That’s not true. ”
The White House on Wednesday invited Minaj to talk to the country’s top doctors about vaccines in an attempt to correct her about science. The invitation came after Minaj repeatedly doubled his first tweet, calling it the “Ball Gate” for his 22.6 million followers.
That Starships singer skipped the Met Gala over Monday due to the event’s mandatory vaccination policy.
“If I’m vaccinated, it’s not for Met. It will be when I feel I have done enough research, ”she wrote prior to the event.
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She has since accepted the White House invitation and is expected to speak with the doctors who have actually done research in laboratories.
“Yes, I’m going,” she said tweeted. “I want to be dressed all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business.”
– With files from The Associated Press and Reuters
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