Sajid Javid has spoken out on Nicki Minaj’s claims about the Covid-19 vaccine, saying he ‘doesn’t want to give her publicity’.
Nicki made some wild claims, alleging that her cousin’s friend is impotent after taking the vaccine.
There is no evidence to suggest a link between the vaccine and impotence, and doctors have refuted the claims.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has now weighed in, saying on BBC Breakfast: ‘I do know who she is but I don’t want to focus on a particular individual because I don’t want to give them the oxygen or publicity they’re probably craving for by making such comments.
‘I just think that anyone, whether you’re a pop celebrity, a footballer, or politician, that you should be very careful with your language, and when it comes to something as life-saving as vaccines…
‘In this country, there’s 112,000 fewer deaths, we estimate, because of our vaccine programme. They should be really careful about what they say and not spread untruths and really be honest with people about how these vaccines are working and how they’re saving lives and they’re allowing us to get back to normal.’
Nicki went viral last night after claiming that one of her cousin’s friends in Trinidad was ditched by his wife after his testicles became swollen as an apparent side-effect of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The rapper shared the wild allegation while explaining that she was not attending the Met Gala as the exclusive event required attendees to be vaccinated.
The 38-year-old tweeted: ‘They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.’
She continued: ‘My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.’
Boris Johnson addressed the rapper’s comments in a press briefing, claiming he wasn’t ‘familiar’ with Nicki’s work – and bizarrely kicking off a whole exchange with the star, in which she sent him a voice note in an English accent.
Elsewhere on morning TV, Richard Madeley branded her an ‘idiot’ as he discussed the claims on Good Morning Britain.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty blasted her claims as ‘ridiculous’.
‘My own strong suggestion, if I may, to media present and not present, is repeating it in public actually just gives it credence which they don’t need,’ he said. ‘They’re untrue, full stop.’
‘If you think about where we are actually overall, the great majority are getting vaccinated, so the great majority are ignoring these myths,’ he continued. ‘And, if you talk about people in their 50s and 60s and 70s, you’re talking about over 90% of people getting vaccinated and very few people are actively in a sense in the anti-vax group.
‘There are group of people who’ve got strange believes, fine, and they make their own choices, in a sense also fine, people are adults and are able to make their own choices however strange that is, that is a principle of medical ethics, actually.
‘But there are also people who go around trying to discourage other people from taking a vaccine which could be life saving or prevent them from having life-changing injuries to themselves.’
He concluded his passionate speech: ‘Many of those people, I regret to say, know they are peddling untruths, but they still do it. In my view, they should be ashamed.’
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am.