Elon Musk, the billionaire brainiac behind Tesla and SpaceX, says neither he nor his family will be receiving a vaccine for the novel coronavirus when it becomes available.
Musk made the comments during an interview on the Sway podcast, a program hosted by New York Times journalist Kara Swisher. During the conversation, Musk echoed sentiments expressed by many Americans who believe vaccines for COVID-19 are being produced too quickly — and perhaps needlessly. The billionaire businessman dismissed the idea that he and his family are at a high risk for contracting the Chinese-born virus.
“No, I’m not at risk for COVID. Nor are my kids,” the Tesla CEO said.
Musk has also been highly critical of government lockdowns in the United States. He famously opposed them earlier on in the pandemic when he moved to reopen his Tesla facilities in defiance against California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive orders.
“Essentially, the right thing to do would be to not have done a lockdown for the whole country but to have, I think, anyone who’s at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes,” Musk added.
The billionaire businessman did not stop there. The lockdown orders, he says, have caused him to lose faith in humanity.
“I mean this is a hot button issue where rationality takes a back seat. In the grand scheme of things what we have something with a very low mortality rate and high contagion,” he said.
As anyone could have expected, the media is not reacting kindly to Elon Musk’s statements. In their coverage of the incident, Business Insider continually referred to the Tesla CEO’s statements as “false” and “misleading” — despite the fact that even the CDC has conceded that the mortality rate for the virus may be far lower than previously believed.
Elon Musk ins’t alone. The American people have made it clear that they are sick of the overreaction from local, state, and federal authorities. At some point, you have to allow people to make their own judgements.
With several states once again moving to reopen society, we’re going to leave you with free advice. If you don’t feel safe, stay home. That’s it — that’s all we can do at this point.