Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister has dismissed Nicki Minaj’s claim that someone there suffered swollen testicles after being vaccinated for COVID-19 as “false”.
The Trinidad-born rapper sparked an international furore when she tweeted that her cousin refuses to get vaccinated because his friend became impotent after getting jabbed.
“His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” tweeted Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers.
The comments triggered an international backlash with widespread criticism from medical experts saying she should be “ashamed” and the claim was “ridiculous”.
After a day’s delay T&T Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh denounced the statement by the Grammy-nominated artist, saying: “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.”
Minaj claimed that she will get vaccinated to be able to tour but still praised right-wing firebrand Tucker Carson’s claim that the vaccine should be a choice as a “free human being”.