- Trinidad and Tobago’s well being minister mentioned that Nicki Minaj’s COVID-19 vaccine claims wasted authorities assets.
- The well being minister mentioned there isn’t any file of testicular swelling from the vaccine in that nation or wherever else.
- Anti-vaccine activists who declare the CDC is mendacity to them in regards to the vaccine’s efficacy have seized on Minaj’s story.
Nicki Minaj’s bogus COVID-19 vaccine claims wasted the Trinidad and Tobago well being division’s time, in accordance with the country’s health minister.
Terrence Deyalsingh, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of well being, led a COVID-19 replace on Wednesday morning the place he addressed the rapper’s claims in regards to the vaccine inflicting testicular swelling.
—Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 15, 2021
Minaj told a story about her cousin’s pal in Trinidad, who she mentioned grew to become impotent and suffered from swollen testicles on account of the vaccine, by means of explaining her absence from the Met Gala on Monday. She instructed her 22 million Twitter followers that she skipped the star-studded occasion on account of its vaccination necessities, and the swollen testicles story shortly circulated on-line.
However Deyalsingh mentioned there isn’t any file of the uncomfortable side effects Minaj described in Trinidad and Tobago. He mentioned the rapper’s vaccination tweet wasted precious authorities time and assets, as officers tried to search out proof that any such case occurred with out success.
“What is sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday trying to track it down, because we take all of these claims seriously,” Deyalsingh mentioned. “As we stand now there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse effect of testicular swelling in Trinidad … and none that we know of anywhere else in the world.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, reiterated Deyalsingh and mentioned there isn’t any proof that vaccines trigger testicular swelling.
Anti-vaccine activists seized on Minaj’s claims
Many anti-vaccine activists declare that COVID-19 vaccines are detrimental to at least one’s well being, regardless of resounding proof of their security and efficacy. Minaj’s claims seem to have bolstered and reinvigorated the anti-vaccination motion’s efforts, main a gaggle of protestors to picket outdoors the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta whereas chanting Minaj’s identify.
—Tori Cooper (@toricoooper) September 15, 2021
The rapper’s vaccination story additionally drew curiosity from Fox Information host Tucker Carlson, who continuously denies the COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy and took the chance Tuesday evening to implore Minaj’s cousin’s pal to succeed in out to him.
“If Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend is watching, or his former fiancée is watching, we want to hear your story,” Carlson mentioned. “We’ll come to Port of Spain to see you.”
With no file of swollen testicles ever presenting as a facet impact of the coronavirus vaccine, Carlson’s staff could also be ready for a very long time.
After being lambasted by the media and social media customers for her claims, the rapper mentioned she’d nonetheless seemingly get vaccinated and implored others to do the identical.
“I’d def recommend they get the vaccine,” she tweeted. “I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc,” she wrote to a fan.
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