Nicki Minaj has been the center of a firestorm of controversy since publicly explaining her hesitancy to be vaccinated, during which she also shared an anecdote indicating she knew someone in her home country of Trinidad who suffered from swollen testicles as a direct result of receiving the vaccine.
After Pfizer and Moderna (manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Dr. Anthony Fauci took to press earlier this week to debunk the claim (as we reported here), later Trinidad and Tobago health officials – namely Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh – called a press conference to do the same.
Hear his words inside:
#BREAKING – Trinidad & Tobago Health Minister Dr. Terrence Deyalsingh responds to swollen testicle claim made by Trinidad-born entertainer @NICKIMINAJ; says there is no such reported case in Trinidad & Tobago (TTT) pic.twitter.com/NNsc9EUTKP
— Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 15, 2021
Devalsingh wasn’t exactly thrilled at the press conference, expressing he believed Minaj’s claim was ‘unfortunate’ and a ‘waste of time.’ Before blatantly denying her assertion, Devalsingh apologized for the delay in response – saying he “had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false.”
Later in the press conference, he said:
“We unfortunately wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim. As far as we know, at this point in time, there has been no such reported either side effect or adverse effect,” Deyalsingh revealed. “… As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad or … anywhere. None that we know of anywhere else in the world.”