The Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister responded to Nicki Minaj’s claim that the COVID-19 vaccine caused one of the rapper’s cousin’s friend’s testicles to swell.
“We wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh told reporters Wednesday (September 15).
The fiasco started on Twitter on Monday (September 13) after the “Barbie Dreams” rapper revealed why she wouldn’t be in attendance at the Met Gala this year –– she didn’t want to travel with her young son.
Nicki’s tweets didn’t stop there, though, she went on to detail that she didn’t want to get vaccinated in order to attend fashion’s biggest night –– a requirement based on NYC mandates, and proceeded to share the story of a cousin in Trinidad who told the rapper their friend’s testicles swelled after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
The claim caused uproar online and swift response from health professionals in the US, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who debunked the claim, and shared how getting COVID-19 has shown to negatively impact male reproductive systems.
The response from health officials in Trinidad & Tobago went viral on Twitter after Health Minister Dr. Deyalsingh said officials “wasted time” tracking down the source of the claim.
“One of the reasons we could not respond in real time to Ms. Minaj,” he said, “is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false.”
“At this time, there has been no such reported side effect or adverse event,” Minister Deyalsingh said.
“And what was sad about this, is that it wasted our time yesterday trying to track down, because we take these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media or mainstream media,” the health expert noted, adding that there hasn’t been any such claim made “anywhere else in the world.”
Twitter also weighed in on the seriousness of the situation.
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, the Black woman leading the research on the COVID-19 vaccine, even stepped in on the subject.
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