- Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his family do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, he told The New York Times’ Kara Swisher in an episode of the “Sway” podcast released on Monday. .
- Musk said he believed he and his children were not at risk of contracting the coronavirus and therefore did not intend to be vaccinated against the virus. There is no evidence Musk and his family are less susceptible to the highly contagious virus that has so far killed more than 200,000 Americans of all ages.
- Musk, who has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus, has repeated lies about COVID-19, including debunked claims that children are “essentially immune” to it. He also said he believed he contracted the disease in January, before its known spread in the United States.
- Musk has spoken openly about the coronavirus crisis from the start and has frequently challenged data regarding the virus as well as the government’s response, particularly stay-at-home orders.
- “Essentially the right thing to do would be not to have done a nationwide lockdown but to have, I think, anyone who is at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes,” Musk said. .
- Research has found that sweeping stay-at-home orders passed between March and May could have prevented millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States.
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Elon Musk says he and his family will not receive a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available.
Musk discussed his feelings about the virus in an episode of “Sway,” a podcast hosted by Kara Swisher of the New York Times, released Monday. During their conversation, Swisher asked the CEO of Tesla if he or his family would receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it became available. to which Musk said he wouldn’t because he “wasn’t at risk for COVID, nor my kids.” ”
There is no evidence Musk and his family are less susceptible to the highly contagious virus that has so far killed more than 200,000 Americans of all ages.
Swisher also discussed his response to lockdowns earlier this year. Musk said he was against lockdowns and that they were “not serving the greater good.”
“Basically the right thing to do would be not to have done a lockdown for the whole country but to have, I think, anyone who is at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes,” Musk said. , who predicted in March that there would be ” almost zero new cases“At the end of April.
Musk has made similar statements in the past, including in a July interview with the New York Times. He falsely claimed that children and young people are not at risk for COVID-19, despite evidence that young people are getting seriously ill and even dying from the disease. Musk also ignored data that shows a significant portion of those affected by the virus are asymptomatic.
Studies have also shown that lockdowns have potentially prevented hundreds of thousands of deaths and that delays in stay-at-home orders may have resulted in tens of thousands of preventable deaths.
Still, Musk’s apprehension about getting a coronavirus shot reflects the sentiment of about a third of Americans. A recent Ipsos MORI poll found that 33% of U.S. respondents said they would not get a vaccine as soon as it became available, citing concerns about side effects, although 20% of those respondents said that they were opposed to vaccines in general.
There are currently dozens of vaccines in development, 32 of which have already been tested in humans. But policymakers are now trying to figure out how to prioritize who should get a vaccine first when it becomes available. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser on Operation Warp Speed - the Trump administration’s initiative to speed up the creation of a coronavirus vaccine – recently told Business Insider’s Andrew Dunn that a vaccine would not be probably not widely available to Americans until April, May, or June. 2021.
Musk has been particularly outspoken about the coronavirus outbreak from the start, initially calling it “stupid” and “panic”, promoting the untested antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the virus, and calling it off questioned the data on deaths from coronaviruses. In March, Musk said Musk was also strongly opposed to stay-at-home orders from California to help prevent the spread of the virus, describing the lockdowns as “forcible imprisonment” and “fascist.”
When Alameda County in California, where one of Tesla’s factories is based, refused to allow the company to resume production, Musk restarted production and said he was ready to be shut down. (Tesla was eventually allowed to resume operations.) During his conversation with Swisher, he called the county “overzealous” and said his response was “a travesty.”
Lockdowns have been proven to save lives and slow the spread of the virus. Research has shown that coronavirus lockdowns in the United States have helped prevent up to 60 million infections from March 3 to April 6. March and May.