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Both Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago have now weighed in. And it does not look good for the story of Minaj’s cousins.
On Monday, the singer tweeted about Met Gala’s demand that attendeesagainst COVID to participate. She then shared a really weird personal anecdote that instantly went viral for obvious reasons.
“My cousin in Trinidad will not get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,” Minaj tweeted. “His testicles were swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl canceled the wedding.”
But whether or not Minaj’s cousin’s friend really told this story, he did not develop impotence by receiving the coronavirus vaccine. The vaccines do not cause impotence, although coronavirus can be transmitted.
First, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief physician of President Joe Biden, told Jake Tapper on CNN that the vaccines do not cause “reproductive problems” in recipients.
“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding ‘No,'” Fauci said.
Later this week, Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh publicly exhausted about how the country investigated Minaj’s cousins’ claim and found it false.
“Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday in dismissing this false claim,” Deyalsingh said in a video shared on Twitter on Wednesday. “As we stand now, absolutely no one has reported such a side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad, or I dare say … anywhere else in the world.”
Minaj herself has been tweeting steadily since the infamous tweet.
A tweet she sent on Tuesday read, “Omfg. My #cousin who has #TheVriend just sent me a message telling me to call him. * Bites nails * Ugh! I idiots !!! If he saw this in the news, it’s all your fault! !! It should be a secret. If one of them asks, have you not heard it from me. Okay? Staring @ text. “
And after talk show host Jimmy Kimmel said in his show that he would interview Minaj’s cousin’s friend, she responded positively.
“He is willing to speak at the right price,” Minaj tweeted. “I’m his manager. Call me, Jimmy.”