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White House Offers Nicki Minaj Call After She Raised Her Doubts About The COVID-19 Vaccine, Official Says

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Minaj’s tweet immediately sparked global backlash, with several health professionals commenting on her post that the vaccine does not cause testicles to swell. Dr. Anthony Fauci also responded to her claims, telling CNN on Tuesday that the COVID vaccine cannot cause reproductive issues.   Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said at a press conference on Wednesday that officials have “wasted so much time” checking Minaj’s claim about her cousin’s friend.

“What was sad about this is that it wasted our time yesterday, trying to track down, because we take all these claims seriously,” Deyalsingh said. “…As we stand now, there is absolutely no reported such side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad, or I dare say…none that we know of anywhere else in the world.”  “As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” the official told CBS News.

The White House has invited Minaj to have a conversation about her hesitancy about getting the vaccine. But that, too, has become a controversial subset of Minaj’s claims. Minaj said she was invited to the White House and that “I’m going,” while a White House official said she was “offered a call.”  In a video posted to her Instagram on Wednesday night, Minaj insisted she was invited to visit in person, saying, “do ya’ll think that I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the f****** White House?” 

— Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 15, 2021 #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

The White House has not confirmed this information to CBS News. Minaj said her publicist and manager was on the phone call when she spoke with someone from the White House, and that an official had specifically requested she “come to the White House” to speak with Dr. Fauci and the U.S. Surgeon General. Minaj said she told the White House she would rather not travel and asked them to do a “live,” which she says they were willing to do on a public platform. 

“It’s disgusting that a person can’t speak about just questions or thoughts they’re having about something they’re going to have to put in their body, that this attack is this hateful and purposeful,” she said. “…If I want to ask questions about the vaccine, what’s wrong?”  Minaj also addressed those who are “jumping at the chance” to “attack her personally.” 

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