A PHARMACIST competing to be Lord Sugar’s Apprentice is a staunch anti-vaxxer.
Navid Sole, 27, hopes to win the business mogul’s £250,000 investment to build a pharmacy chain.
But he admitted online he is against the Covid jab – but was afraid to confess in case he loses his pharmaceutical licence.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.
A string of hugely positive studies show the Omicron variant IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
In an unearthed tweet, the self-confessed Nicki Minaj superfan replies to one of the popstar’s own anti-vax comments.
From his account @MinajNavis, Navid said: “Trust me Nicki I’m a Pharmscist (corr) and I was scared to mention about how I’m against the vaccine but too scared to say anything or else I would lose my license to become a Pharmscist. (corr)Thank you my queen for standing up for me and to many of us.”
Nicki made headlines in September last year when she Tweeted to her 22 million followers that the vaccine had made her “cousin’s friend’s” testicles swell and left him impotent.
She later admitted to her fans, who are dubbed ‘barbs’: “I’m sure I’ll be vaccinated as well cuz (corr) I have to go on tour, etc.”
That prompted Navid to then Tweet: “Nicki I’m your pharmacist barb and I can tell you all and everything about the vaccines! I was involved in the clinical trials and I’m the expert!! Pfizer is the best just sayin (corr).
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Navid is one of the sixteen entrepreneurs battling to go into business with Lord Sugar.
The Amstrad billionaire has strongly supported the vaccine drive and has regularly used Twitter to urge Brits to get jabbed.
However, the candidates and crew of the show did not have to be double jabbed to take part.
A spokesperson for The Apprentice said: “The Apprentice was filmed during the very early stages of the vaccine rollout and prior to individuals being double vaccinated.
“Strict procedures were put in place to protect those on the show and the wider production, with measures including regular testing, living as a cohort and social distancing when outside of the cohort.”
Speaking to launch the show, Alan said: "The Covid protocol was harrowing to put it simply.
“My last count was that I have done 79 Covid tests [and] I haven't got Covid, but I've got a broken septum in my nose," he joked.
Fame-hunter Navid has appeared on Channel 5's Rich Kids Go Skint, ITV's Judge Rinder and BBC Three's Eating With My Ex.
Describing himself as quirky and unique, Navid said: “Nothing intimidates me because I just feel like I’m a strong character, strong person, strong mindset.”
The Apprentice and Navid did not yet respond to request for comment.
The Apprentice returns tonight at 9pm on BBC1.
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