Elon Musk says he supports COVID vaccines after questioning safety

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Tesla chief Elon Musk has expressed support for the COVID-19 vaccines although he previously raised questions about their safety and said he would not receive the vaccine himself.

The world’s second richest man tried to clear up his views on vaccines on Twitter after sparking anger last month over his vocal skepticism about the two-dose regimens.

“To be clear, I support vaccines in general and anti-covid vaccines in particular,” Musk tweeted Wednesday. “The science is unequivocal.”

The 49-year-old electric car mogul sparked controversy last month by saying there has been “a debate” about the safety of the second of two vaccines that people need to get to complete their Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations.

Musk claimed there were “quite a few negative reactions” to the second doses as he encouraged the elderly and immunocompromised to take the vaccines.

Although allergic reactions to Pfizer’s vaccine were more common after the second dose than the first, they are still rare overall with only 4.5 incidents reported for every million doses administered, according to data from the Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention.

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Elon Musk tried to clear up his views on vaccines on Twitter after sparking anger last month over his vocal skepticism about two-dose regimens.
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Musk acknowledged on Wednesday that allergic reactions occur “in very rare cases”, adding that they “are easily treated with an EpiPen.”

In September, the Tesla “Technoking” told the New York Times that neither he nor his family would get a vaccine because “I am not at risk for COVID, nor are my children.”

Musk ended up contracting what he called a “moderate case” of the virus in November, likening his symptoms to a “minor cold”.

In response to a Twitter response, Musk indicated that he decided not to get the vaccine because someone else might benefit more from the vaccine given that he was already immune to COVID.

Last month wasn’t the first time Musk has stirred up controversy with his views on the pandemic.

The poorly predicted last year there would be “probably close to zero new cases” in the United States by the end of April 2020 and called the coronavirus lockdown measures “fascist” after fighting to maintain the plant Californian open Tesla.

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