The White House has indicated it is willing to set up a call for American rapper Nicki Minaj about the safety and effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine after she said she wanted to do more research on vaccines before getting one.
The offer comes as international controversy swirls around the Trinidad-born American rappers claims this week that her cousin had suffered “swollen testicles” as a side effect after taking the COVID-19 vaccine in the twin-island republic.
The claims forced Trinidadian officials to publicly deny that any such thing had occurred after conducting an investigation they said wasted precious time.
“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,” said a White House official.
While seeming to backtrack from the appearance of being an antivaxxer in making the comments about her ‘cousin’, Minaj had said in a tweet that she had not been able to complete enough research of her own on the COVID-19 vaccines to get one in time for the Met Gala, a star-studded fundraiser for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Later, Minaj added that she will get vaccinated to be able to tour.