The Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, put Nicki Minaj on blast after saying she should be “ashamed” of her anti-vax message.

On Monday, the 38-year-old rapper took to her 22 million Twitter followers with the bizarre claim that her cousin won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent, “His testicles became swollen”, she tweeted.

“His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not bullied.”

Professor Chris Whitty addressed the ‘Anaconda’ rapper’s concerns during a joint Downing Street press conference with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He slammed “false” claims from those discouraging people to get the vaccine and said: “They should be ashamed.”

“There are a number of myths that fly around... some of which are just clearly ridiculous and some of which are clearly designed just to scare. That happens to be one of them. That is untrue”, he said.

Mr Johnson added: “I am not as familiar with the works of Nicki Minaj as I am with the works of Nikki Kanani, superstar GP of Bexley [Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England], who will tell you vaccines are wonderful.”

Minaj has since responded to a clip of the press conference after which one fan tweeted “thinking about the bars Nicki will spit about this”.

“I love him even tho I guess this was a diss?” She tweeted on Tuesday. “The accent ugh! Yassss boo!!!”

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Impotence or swollen genitals are not listed as Covid vaccine side effects, as per The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They specifically stated on the official website that “there is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including Covid-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.”

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