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

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

Minaj, 38, made headlines overnight after she posted a tweet explaining she’d refused to take the Covid vaccine and had pulled out of her appearance at the Met Gala because the event required guests to be fully vaccinated.

Edwina, 38, struggled to contain her laugher as she told viewers Minaj’s concerns about the vaccine stemmed from a bizarre story she’d heard about a ‘cousin’s friend in Trinidad’ who supposedly became ‘impotent’ as a result of the jab.  

‘[Minaj] then claimed her cousin’s friend in Trinidad became impotent after getting the jab, resulting in swollen testicles and a cancelled wedding,’ she said. 

Despite trying her best to keep a straight face, the pregnant TV presenter couldn’t stop herself from bursting into fits of hysterical laughter. 

‘I feel sorry for the cousin’s friend in Trinidad who has swollen balls and a cancelled wedding and it is nothing to do with Covid. Poor fella!’ she chuckled. 

Sunrise co-anchor David ‘Kochie’ Koch then remarked: ‘I’m uncomfortable with the word “balls’ coming out of your mouth.’ 

Hysterics: Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) couldn't keep a straight face on Wednesday as she delivered a update on Nicki Minaj's recent Covid controversy

Hysterics: Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) couldn’t keep a straight face on Wednesday as she delivered a update on Nicki Minaj’s recent Covid controversy

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

Edwina became so hysterical she covered her face with both hands and had to close her eyes.

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

Misinformation: Minaj, 38, made headlines overnight after she posted a tweet explaining she'd refused to take the Covid vaccine and had pulled out of her appearance at the Met Gala because the event required guests to be fully vaccinated

Misinformation: Minaj, 38, made headlines overnight after she posted a tweet explaining she’d refused to take the Covid vaccine and had pulled out of her appearance at the Met Gala because the event required guests to be fully vaccinated 

Minaj sparked criticism on Monday after she 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!' Edwina, 38, struggled to contain her laugher as she told viewers Minaj's concerns about the vaccine stemmed from a bizarre story she'd heard about a 'cousin's friend in Trinidad' who supposedly became 'impotent' as a result of the jab

‘Poor fella!’ Edwina, 38, struggled to contain her laugher as she told viewers Minaj’s concerns about the vaccine stemmed from a bizarre story she’d heard about a ‘cousin’s friend in Trinidad’ who supposedly became ‘impotent’ as a result of the jab

‘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: Despite Minaj's claims, the Covid-19 does not cause erectile dysfunction or swollen testicles in men. The rapper is pictured in 2019

Misinformation: Despite Minaj’s claims, the Covid-19 does not cause erectile dysfunction or swollen testicles in men. The rapper is pictured in 2019

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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