Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

Edwina Bartholomew breaks into laughter over Nicki Minaj’s Covid claim about ‘swollen testicles’

Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew couldn’t keep a straight face on Wednesday morning as she delivered a news update on Nicki Minaj‘s recent Covid controversy. 

Minaj, 38, made headlines overnight after she posted a Tweet explaining that she’s refusing to take the Covid vaccine and had pulled out of her appearance at the Met Gala because the event required its guests to be jabbed. 

Struggling to control her giggles as she delivered her report, Edwina, 38, said: ‘[Minaj] then claimed her cousin’s friend in Trinidad became impotent after getting the jab, resulting in swollen testicles and a cancelled wedding.’ 

Despite trying her best to remain straight-faced, the pregnant presenter couldn’t stop herself from devolving into a fit of hysterical laughter.  

‘I feel sorry for the cousins friend in Trinidad who has swollen balls and a cancelled wedding and it is nothing to do with COVID. Poor fella!’ she chortled, her eyes watering. 

Anchor David ‘Kochie’ Koch joked: ‘I’m uncomfortable with the word ‘balls’ coming out of your mouth.’ 

Hysterics: Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew, 38, couldn’t keep a straight face on Wednesday morning as she delivered a news update on Nicki Minaj’s recent Covid controversy.

His comment sent the entire panel into a chorus of laughter.  

Edwina became so hysterical that she covered her face with both hands and closed her eyes. 

‘I don’t want to think about what you just said!’ she squealed, adding: ‘I’m uncomfortable with the word swollen.’  

Pictured: Minaj, 38, made headlines overnight after she posted a Tweet explaining that she's refusing to take the Covid vaccine and had pulled out of her appearance at the Met Gala because the event required its guests to be jabbed. Pictured: Nicki Minaj

Pictured: Minaj, 38, made headlines overnight after she posted a Tweet explaining that she’s refusing to take the Covid vaccine and had pulled out of her appearance at the Met Gala because the event required its guests to be jabbed. Pictured: Nicki Minaj 

Minaj sparked criticism on Monday after she share dangerously advised her followers to consider the ‘side effects’ of rolling up their sleeves for the life-saving Covid vaccine.

‘My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,’ she Tweeted. 

‘His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. 

'Poor fella!' Struggling to control her giggles as she delivered her report, Edwina said: '[Minaj] then claimed her cousin's friend in Trinidad became impotent after getting the jab, resulting in swollen testicles and a cancelled wedding'

‘Poor fella!’ Struggling to control her giggles as she delivered her report, Edwina said: ‘[Minaj] then claimed her cousin’s friend in Trinidad became impotent after getting the jab, resulting in swollen testicles and a cancelled wedding’ 

Unexpected: Anchor David 'Kochie' Koch (pictured) joked: 'I'm uncomfortable with the word 'balls' coming out of your mouth

Unexpected: Anchor David ‘Kochie’ Koch (pictured) joked: ‘I’m uncomfortable with the word ‘balls’ coming out of your mouth

‘So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not bullied.’ 

Hours later, Western Sydney Health called out the singer – urging her to stick to the role she knows best.  

‘We promise to leave the rapping to @NickiMinaj if she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists,’ the department tweeted. 

Misinformation: Minaj made headlines on Monday when she posted a Tweet claiming a friend of her cousin in Trinidad became impotent after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. This is no scientific evidence for the claim

Misinformation: Minaj made headlines on Monday when she posted a Tweet claiming a friend of her cousin in Trinidad became impotent after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. This is no scientific evidence for the claim

There is no evidence Covid-19 vaccines cause either erectile dysfunction or male infertility.  

A University of Miami study, for example, found that Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines appeared to have no effect on the sperm production of 45 men.

In contrast, there is some evidence that the virus responsible for Covid-19 – SARS-CoV-2 – can cause fertility issues in men. 

'We promise to leave the rapping to Nicki Minaj if she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists': Western Sydney Health responded to the singer, urging her to stick to the role she knows best

‘We promise to leave the rapping to Nicki Minaj if she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists’: Western Sydney Health responded to the singer, urging her to stick to the role she knows best

It’s known other viruses such as mumps can affect sperm production and quality in men, while a Chinese study found widespread cell destruction in the testes of six men who died from the 2006 SARS-CoV virus. 

A similar study on six men who died of Covid-19 showed a decreased number of sperm in three of the men.

While research into the effects of Covid-19 on the human body remain largely provisional, on the balance of available research to date it’s safe to say the male reproductive system is under more threat from the virus than the vaccine. 

Pictured: woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Sydney earlier this month

Pictured: woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Sydney earlier this month

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