Nicki Minaj’s Story About a Cousin’s Friend Becoming Impotent Due to Covid-19 Vaccine Gets Reaction From Trinidad Government

Nicki Minaj has been at the top of the headlines recently for a wild claim she made about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. The rapper said her cousin told her about a friend that had an adverse reaction to the shot and now they’re impotent. Minaj’s story has been heard all over the world that the government of Trinidad is actually weighing in on the matter.

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What did the government of Trinidad say about Nicki Minaj’s claim?

Minaj is one of the most powerful celebrities and with more than 22 million followers on Twitter, the star has a loud megaphone to express herself. The “Super Bass” hitmaker tweeted out a claim a cousin’s friend in Trinidad had a bad reaction to the coronavirus vaccine.

“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” she claimed on Twitter. “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.”

The claim put the government of Trinidad at work and when the Health Minister of the Caribbean island gave an update, he clarified they didn’t have any recorded incidents.

“As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad,” Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh said. “Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim.”

Deyalsingh said that they had to spend “a lot of time and energy” because if the claim was true, they didn’t “want to be accused of just ignoring it.”

“But we spent a lot of time yesterday trying to track it down,” he added. “So far, it has not proven to be true in Trinidad or … anywhere else in the world.”

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Dr. Fauci also debunks Nicki Minaj’s claim

The rapper made international headlines and Dr. Anthony Fauci also took on the controversy to shut down claims impotence is a secondary effect to the COVID-19 vaccine. During an appearance on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, the host asked Dr. Fauci if he had ever heard of any of the coronavirus vaccines causing impotence.

“There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen,” he answered. “So the answer to your question is no.”

Dr. Fauci also said how they are handling anecdotes like the one Minaj presented as well as other misinformation on social media.

“It’s very difficult. There’s a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter mis and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” he explained. “And to essentially debunk these kinds of claims, which may be innocent on her part. I’m not blaming her for anything but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis.”

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Nicki Minaj is doing ‘research’ on vaccine

After Minaj shared the anecdote about her cousin’s friend, Minaj revealed that she had not been vaccinated yet but was waiting until she researched more.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now,” she shared.

She also made a suggestion to her followers to mask up amid the pandemic adding, “In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose [sic] one.”