The singer went viral for claiming that her cousin told her about the side effects of a friend’s bizarre vaccine, and the story just kept swelling.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci and Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister both now gain weight. And it’s not looking good for the story of Minaj’s cousin.
On Monday, the singer tweeted about the Met Gala’s requirement that attendeesTo participate against COVID. Then she shared a really funny personal anecdote that immediately went viral for obvious reasons.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,” Minaj tweeted. “Her testicles were swollen. It was a few weeks since her friend got married, now the girl has annulled the marriage.”
But whether or not Minaj’s cousin’s friend really told this story, she did not get impotence from getting the coronavirus vaccine. Vaccines do not cause impotence, although the coronavirus can.
First, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, told Jake Tapper on CNN that the vaccines do not cause “any reproductive problems” in recipients.
“His answer, Jake, is a resounding ‘no,'” Fauci said.
Later in the week, Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister Dr. Terence Deylsingh spoke publicly about how the country investigated Minaj’s cousin’s claim, and found it to be false.
“Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday debunking this false claim,” Dayal Singh said in a video shared on Twitter on Wednesday. “As we stand now, there are absolutely no reports of this kind of side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad, or dare I say… anywhere else in the world.”
Minaj herself has been tweeting continuously since the infamous tweet.
He sent out a tweet on Tuesday, which read, “Omfg. My #cousin who has #TheFriend just messaged me asking him to call me!! This must have been a mystery. If any of them If you haven’t heard it from me, OK? @ looks at the text.”
And talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel said on his show that he wanted to interview a friend of Minaj’s cousin, he responded positively.
“He is willing to talk for the right price,” Minaj tweeted. “I’m his manager. Call me, Jimmy.”