Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not going to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not going to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not going to get vaccinated against coronavirus

2 October 2020, 16:30
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he and his family have no plans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the vaccine becomes available. According to Musk, neither he nor his children are at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The billionaire inventor shared his thoughts on the virus in an episode of Sway, a new podcast featured in New York Times.

When asked by journalist Kara Svisher, he replied that he was not going to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, noting: "Neither I, nor my kids are at risk of contracting Covid-19".

Musk also said in an interview that he initially opposed quarantine and that these measures "do not serve the greater good".

"In fact, it would be more correct not to impose isolation on the whole country at once, but it was necessary, I think, to isolate all those at risk until the storm passes", - Musk said.

Recall that from the very beginning Musk spoke unequivocally about the coronavirus pandemic, calling what was happening "dumb" and "panic".

The opinion of the editors of the English-language portal Businessinsider does not coincide with the views of Musk.

"There is no evidence Musk or his family are any less susceptible to the highly contagious virus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans of all ages", - writes Businessinsider.

"Musk has made similar statements in the past, including in a July interview with The New York Times. He mistakenly downplays the risks to children and young people when it comes to COVID-19, despite evidence that young people are seriously ill and even dying of the disease (although they are not among the group considered most vulnerable). Musk also ignored data showing that a significant proportion of those infected with the virus never show symptoms”, - the Businessinsider article said.

However, Businessinsider notes, Musk's fears of being vaccinated against the coronavirus reflect the sentiment of a large number of Americans.

For example, a recent Ipsos MORI poll found that 33% of US respondents are not going to be vaccinated against covid once the vaccine is available, citing concerns about side effects. At the same time, 20% of respondents said they oppose vaccines in general.

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