Trinidad's health minister hits back at Nicki Minaj over swollen testicles claim

Trinidad's health minister hits back at Nicki Minaj over swollen testicles claim
Trinidad's health minister hits back at Nicki Minaj over swollen testicles claim

Trinidad and Tobago's health minister has criticised Nicki Minaj for wasting his time by forcing him to look into the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine after she claimed that the jab left a cousin's friend with 'swollen' testicles.

The rapper sparked a row with Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty after she called into question the safety of the vaccine to her 22million followers.

Trinidadian-born Minaj alleged that her cousin's friend in Trinidad also became 'impotent' as a result of the jab, causing his fiancée to cancel their wedding.

However, speaking on Wednesday, Trinidad's health chief Dr Terrence Deyalsingh blasted Minaj, saying he and his team had 'wasted so much time running down this false claim'.

Yesterday, Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there was 'no evidence' to back up Minaj's remarks.

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And after both Mr Johnson and Mr Whitty also slapped down her remarks on Tuesday, the rapper, 38, posted a bizarre voice message where she feigned an English accent and mockingly claimed she 'went to Oxford' and 'went to school with Margaret Thatcher'. 

Trinidad and Tobago's health minister has criticised Nicki Minaj (above) for wasting his time by forcing him to look into the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine after she claimed that the jab left a cousin's friend with 'swollen' testicles

Trinidad and Tobago's health minister has criticised Nicki Minaj (above) for wasting his time by forcing him to look into the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine after she claimed that the jab left a cousin's friend with 'swollen' testicles 

Speaking in a press conference, Dr Deyalsingh said: 'One of the reasons we could not respond yesterday in real time to Ms 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. 

'It is 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 is on social media or mainstream media.'

He added: 'As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad or I dare say… anywhere else. None that we know of anywhere else in the world.'

Dr Terrence Deyalsingh (above) blasted the rapper, saying he and his team had 'wasted so much time running down this false claim'

Dr Terrence Deyalsingh (above) blasted the rapper, saying he and his team had 'wasted so much time running down this false claim' 

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Trinidadian-born Minaj alleged that her cousin's friend in Trinidad also became 'impotent' as a result of the jab, causing his fiancée to cancel their wedding

Trinidadian-born Minaj alleged that her cousin's friend in Trinidad also became 'impotent' as a result of the jab, causing his fiancée to cancel their wedding 

His comments came after Mr Johnson told reporters he would

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