Trinidad health minister says rapper Nicki Minaj’s Covid-19 vaccine ‘swollen testicles’ claim is false

Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has described as “false” the claim by American rapper Nicki Minaj that a person on the Caribbean island suffered swollen testicles after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

Dyalsingh said on Wednesday that the “false” post had wasted his department’s time.

Trinidad-born Minaj sparked an international furor when she alleged on Twitter that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get a vaccine because his friend became impotent after being vaccinated.

“His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” Minaj, who has 22.6 million Twitter followers, said on Monday.

The comments triggered an international backlash, with senior US and British coronavirus officials concerned about vaccine disinformation condemning the claims.

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