Port of Spain, TrinidadTrinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh connected Wednesday criticized arsenic "false" the assertion by American rapper Nicki Minaj that a idiosyncratic connected the Caribbean land suffered swollen testicles aft receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.
Trinidad-born Minaj sparked an planetary furor erstwhile she alleged connected Twitter that her relative successful Trinidad refuses to get a vaccine due to the fact that his person became impotent aft being vaccinated.
"His testicles became swollen. His person was weeks distant from getting married, present the miss called disconnected the wedding," Minaj, who has 22.6 cardinal Twitter followers, said connected Monday.
The comments triggered an planetary backlash, with elder US and British coronavirus officials condemning the claims.
Deyalsingh besides denounced the connection by the Grammy-nominated creator arsenic a discarded of time.
"One of the reasons wherefore we could not respond yesterday successful real-time to Miss Minaj is that we had to cheque and marque definite that what she was claiming was either existent oregon false. Unfortunately, we wasted truthful overmuch clip yesterday moving down this mendacious claim," Deyalsingh said.
When asked astir Minaj's tweets, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the apical US infectious illness expert, said determination was a batch of misinformation connected societal media.
"I'm not blaming her for thing -- but she should beryllium reasoning doubly astir propagating accusation that truly has nary ground arsenic but a one-off anecdote, and that's not what subject is each about."
Minaj said successful a abstracted tweet that she had not been capable to implicit capable probe of her ain connected the Covid-19 vaccines to get 1 successful clip for the Met Gala, a star-studded fundraiser for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Later, Minaj added that she volition get vaccinated to beryllium capable to tour.