Health officials in UK and Trinidad refute 'false claim' Covid shots cause swollen testicles

Health officials from the U.Okay. to Trinidad refuted rapper Nicki Minaj’s “false claim” that her cousin’s good friend’s testicles swelled after he obtained a Covid-19 vaccine in her residence nation of Trinidad.

In an Instagram story posted late Wednesday, Minaj stated she was in “Twitter jail.” “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block, I guess. My poll was gonna be … Asking questions is OK, I like being f— dumb, Then boom. Can’t tweet,” Minaj wrote, dropping two laughing emojis on the finish. CNBC has reached out to Twitter for remark.

Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh, well being minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, stated Minaj’s tweet late Monday to her greater than 22 million followers despatched the ministry on a wild goose chase making an attempt to trace down the poor man she stated grew to become impotent and misplaced his fiance over the unwanted side effects.

“Unfortunately we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim,” Deyalsingh stated. “As far as we know at this point in time, there has been no such reported either side effect or adverse event. And what was sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday trying to track down because we take all these claims seriously, whether it’s on social media, or mainstream media.”

Deyalsingh stated that there hasn’t been a single reported case of testicular swelling following Covid vaccine shots in Trinidad and that well being officials weren’t conscious of any circumstances “anywhere else in the world.”

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, islands in the Caribbean, has totally vaccinated about 35% of its inhabitants, and is recording a median of about 200 new Covid circumstances a day, based on Reuters. Several sorts of vaccines are used in the nation, together with these made by China’s Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer. It is unclear which vaccine Minaj’s cousin’s good friend obtained.

The rapper’s feedback made waves the world over, attracting backlash over Twitter, from media figures, disgruntled followers and authorities well being officials.

Chief White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a “resounding no” to NCS when requested whether or not any of the U.S.-approved vaccines affected fertility in males or girls. “There is no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen, so the answer to your question is no,” Fauci stated.

Health officials in the U.Okay. criticized Minaj for contributing to rising vaccine hesitancy that has stalled world efforts to immunize sufficient folks to attain herd immunity towards the virus.

“There are a number of myths that fly around which are just clearly ridiculous,” Chris Whitty, the U.Okay.’s chief medical officer, stated. “Some of which are clearly designed just to scare, that happens to be one of them. That is untrue.”

Minaj additionally retweeted a declare by a person who says his father received a blood clot in his left eye after receiving a Covid vaccine, grew to become blind and ended up in the hospital with the virus that very same week. While a number of the vaccines have been tied to a uncommon blood clotting situation, not one of the reported blood clots have occurred in the eyes or have brought about blindness. Minaj additionally claimed {that a} study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that discovered unvaccinated individuals are 11 instances extra prone to die from Covid than unvaccinated folks was “not true.”

Whitty stated repetition of the declare will solely give it extra credence, “which they don’t need, they’re untrue, full stop.”

He additionally stated that some folks know that they’re “peddling untruths” concerning the vaccine, and proceed to do it anyway. “They should be ashamed, and I’ll leave it at that,” Whitty stated.

Minaj responded to U.Okay. Prime Minster Boris Johnson after he stated he did not know a lot about her. Minaj posted a sarcastic voice notice in a faux British accent to Twitter, saying that she was a “big, big star” in the U.S. and joking that she attended Oxford University with Margaret Thatcher, the previous prime minister who died in 2013.

She additionally retaliated towards a number of tv hosts who criticized her tweets. She instructed former host of “The View,” Meghan McCain to “eat s—” after McCain retweeted Minaj’s feedback concerning the testicular swelling, saying “That’s entirely enough internet for today.” Minaj additionally known as common British host Piers Morgan a “stupid piece of s—,” and stated he ought to put on a “clown nose and big red shoes,” after he known as her “one of the rudest little madams” he is ever met — an insult Minaj embraced by including it to her Twitter bio. Minaj and Morgan beforehand appeared collectively on “America’s Got Talent” in 2011, the place Morgan claimed she ignored his kids, one thing Minaj denied.

They weren’t the one media figures to face Minaj’s wrath; she used a racial slur in accusing MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid of being a liar and homophobic after Reid criticized her tweets. Minaj accused Reid and the remainder of “the media” of twisting her phrases to serve white media executives.

“They’re being paid to do it,” she tweeted.

Despite the criticism, Minaj stated she is going to in all probability get vaccinated as a result of she has to go on tour. Some of Minaj’s followers defended the singer, saying the open dialogue of vaccine skepticism is a wholesome strategy to weed out misinformation in a public area.

Minaj retweeted one other follower who stated they obtained the vaccine and haven’t been contaminated with Covid. “This is the norm,” Minaj replied.

Correction: Chris Whitty is the U.Okay.’s chief medical officer. An earlier model misspelled his final title.