White House offers to speak to Nicki Minaj after she was criticized by the Minister of Health for spreading false information about the COVID-19 vaccine
Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh criticized US rapper Nicki Minaj’s claim that a person on the Caribbean island suffered from swollen testicles after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as being ” false “.
Minaj sparked international controversy on Monday, September 13, when she shared on Twitter that her cousin in Trinidad refused to be vaccinated because her friend had become impotent after being vaccinated.
“My cousin in Trinidad will not receive the vaccine because his friend received it and has become helpless. His testicles became swollen. Her friend was a few weeks away from getting married, now the girl has called off the wedding. So just pray over it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not intimidated, ”Minaj wrote.
In a statement on Wednesday, Deyalsingh said: “One of the reasons we were unable to respond to Ms. Minaj in real time yesterday was that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was true or false. Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday deciphering this false claim.
America’s top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci attributes the claim to misinformation spread through social media. “I don’t blame her for anything – but she should think twice before spreading information that really has no basis except a one-off anecdote, and that’s not the point of science.”
That setback worsened with Minaj’s Twitter announcement that she would not be attending the Met Gala due to vaccine needs at the event.
“They want you to get your Met shot. If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met ”, Minaj posted on monday. “It will be after I feel like I’ve done enough research.” I’m working on this now. While waiting for my loves, be careful. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grip your head and face. Not the cowardly one.
Following this statement, the White House confirmed Variety Wednesday that “As we have done with others, we offered a call to Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer her questions about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.”
Although she has continuously contested the idea of a tenure on social media, a post on Twitter suggests that she will get the vaccine in order to hit the road for a tour.