Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that he would not receive a coronavirus vaccine if and when it becomes available.
The power billionaire has revealed he has no fear of contracting the virus that has so far infected more than 7 million people in the United States.
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When asked on an episode of the New York Times’ ‘Sway’ podcast if he would get a vaccine, Musk said, “I’m not at risk for COVID, nor are my children. ”
Musk has spoken about restrictions on COVID-19 since the early stages of the pandemic, even comparing lockdown orders to house arrest.
“Reopen with proper care and protection, but don’t put everyone under de facto house arrest,” he tweeted in April.
Rather than implement nationwide stay-at-home orders, Musk argued during the interview that “anyone at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes.”
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Musk added, “Basically the right thing to do would be not to have done a nationwide lockdown. ”
He further argued that lockdowns are a “dead end”.
If an employee worried about exposing their family to the virus if they came to work, Musk would simply tell them to “stay home.”
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If this becomes the case, Musk was asked if he felt obligated to pay them.
He refused to answer and, when in a hurry, threatened to end the interview.
“Kara, I don’t want to get into a debate about COVID, this situation,” Musk told host Kara Swisher. “Let’s just keep going. ”
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