American rapper Nicki Minaj recently tweeted an anecdote about COVID vaccines.
The tweet has now become the subject of a public statement issued by Terrence Deyalsingh, the Minister of Health for Trinidad and Tobago.

My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied

News network CNC3 reported on an announcement made by Deyalsingh. In the interview, he announced that he and his team were unable to confirm Minaj’s claims.

[They] had to check and make sure that what [Minaj] was claiming was either true or false. [they] wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim. As far as we know at this point in time, there has been no such reported either side effect or adverse event.

Deyalsingh lamented the wastage of time caused by such spurious anecdotes, since they “take all these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media or mainstream media.” However, Deyalsingh has confirmed that there have been no reported cases of vaccines causing testicular swelling, neither in Trinidad, nor anywhere else in the world.

Earlier, Dr. Fauci, chief medical advisor to the President of the United States had also dismissed Minaj’s claim as untrue, warning against the dangers of “propagating information that really has no basis except [as] a one-off anecdote.”

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/contributor from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017.

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