Health officials in UK and Trinidad refute Nicki Minaj’s ‘false claim’ Covid shots cause testicular swelling

UK health officials in Trinidad refuted rapper Nicki Minaj’s ‘false claim’ that her cousin’s friend’s testicles swelled after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine in her home country , Trinidad.

In an Instagram story posted Wednesday night, Minaj said she was in “Twitter jail.” “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block, I guess. My poll was going to be… Asking questions is fine, I like being stupid, so boom. I can’t tweet “Minaj wrote, dropping two laughing emojis at the end. CNBC reached out to Twitter for comment.

Dr Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, said Minaj’s tweet to his more than 22 million followers on Monday evening sent the ministry on a wild goose hunt trying to find the poor man who she says has become helpless and lost her fiancé. about side effects.

“Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday dealing with this misrepresentation,” Deyalsingh said. “As far as we know, no such side effects or adverse events have been reported. And what is sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday at trying to track down because we take all of these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media or mainstream media. “

Deyalsingh said there had not been a single reported case of testicular swelling following Covid vaccine injections in Trinidad and that health officials were not aware of any “no” cases. anywhere else in the world “.

The Caribbean Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has fully vaccinated around 35% of its population and averages around 200 new cases of Covid per day, according to Reuters. Several types of vaccines are used in the country, including those manufactured by the Chinese Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer. It is not known what vaccine Minaj’s cousin’s friend received.

The rapper’s comments made waves around the world, drawing reactions on Twitter, from media figures, disgruntled fans and government health officials.

White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr.Anthony Fauci gave CNN a “categorical no” when asked if any of the US-approved vaccines affect fertility in men or women. women. “There is no evidence that this is happening, nor any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would, so the answer to your question is no,” Fauci said.

Health officials in the UK have criticized Minaj for contributing to growing vaccine reluctance that has blocked global efforts to immunize enough people to achieve herd immunity to the virus.

“There are a number of myths going around that are just plain ridiculous,” said Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for the UK. “Some of them are clearly designed just to scare, that just happens to be one of them.

Minaj also retweeted a claim from a man who said his father had a blood clot in his left eye after receiving a Covid vaccine, went blind and ended up in hospital with the virus the same week. . Although some of the vaccines have been linked to a rare blood clotting disease, none of the reported blood clots occurred in the eyes or caused blindness. Minaj also claimed that a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid than unvaccinated people was “not true.”

Whitty said repeating the claim would only give it more credibility, “they don’t need, they’re bogus, period.”

He also said some people know they are “peddling untruths” about the vaccine and continue to do so anyway. “They should be ashamed of themselves, and I’ll leave it at that,” Whitty said.

Minaj responded to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after saying he didn’t know much about her. Minaj posted a sarcastic note in a fake British accent on Twitter, saying she was a “big, big star” in the US and joking that she attended Oxford University with former Margaret Thatcher. Prime Minister who died in 2013.

She also hit back at several TV hosts who criticized her tweets. She told former “The View” host Meghan McCain to “eat shit” after McCain retweeted Minaj’s comments about testicular swelling, saying “That’s quite enough Internet for today”. Minaj also called popular British host Piers Morgan a “stupid piece of shit” and said he should wear a “clown nose and big red shoes,” after calling her “one of the little ones. rudest ladies “he’s ever met – an insult Minaj embraced when adding it to her Twitter bio. Minaj and Morgan previously appeared on “America’s Got Talent” together in 2011, where Morgan claimed she ignored her children, which Minaj denied.

They weren’t the only media figures facing Minaj’s wrath; She used a racial slur by accusing MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid of being a liar and homophobic after Reid criticized her tweets. Minaj accused Reid and the rest of the “media” of twisting his words to serve white media leaders.

“They get paid to do it,” she tweeted.

Despite the criticism, Minaj said she will likely get the shot because she has to go on tour. Some of Minaj’s supporters have defended the singer, saying the open discussion of vaccine skepticism is a healthy way to eliminate misinformation in a public space.

Minaj retweeted another follower who said she received the vaccine and was not infected with Covid. “This is the norm,” Minaj replied.

Correction: Chris Whitty is the Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom. An earlier version misspelled his last name.

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