Nicki Minaj tweeted on Monday: “I prepared for Vmas, then I shot a video and guess who got COVID?” She continued, “They want you to be vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met. It will be as soon as I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that right now. In the meantime, dear ones, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grip your head and face. Not so easy ️. “

In a subsequent tweet, Minaj wrote, “My cousin in Trinidad is not going to get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent. His testicles swelled up. His friend was still weeks away from the wedding, now the girl canceled the wedding. So just pray on it and make sure you are comfortable with your decision and not bullied. “

Top health officials in Trinidad & Tobago and the United States have now responded to Minaj’s claim about her cousin’s girlfriend. On CNN, Jake Tapper asked Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor: “Is there evidence that the Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J vaccines cause reproductive problems in men or women?”

“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no,” said Dr. Fauci to Tapper. “There is no evidence that it is happening, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine it would happen. So the answer to your question is no. “

Speaking at a press conference today, the Honorable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago said officials spent Tuesday investigating Minaj’s claim and “wasted so much time yesterday trying to work off this false claim.” Sweetheart. Deyalsingh continued:

As far as we know, this is the case as of this writing – no such side effect or adverse event has been reported. And the sad thing is that yesterday we wasted our time tracking them down because we take all of these claims seriously, whether on social media or mainstream media. As we stand now, in Trinidad, or as I dare say, Dr. Hinds, nowhere else such side effects or testicular swelling side effects. None that we don’t know anywhere else in the world.