By Juliet Umeh
While the global medical experts are fighting tooth and nail to make coronavirus vaccine available, the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has revealed that he and his family will not be part of it when it eventually comes out.
Tesla and SpaceX are both American-based companies that are into electric vehicle and clean energy and aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services respectively.
Musk who disclosed his view on the awaited vaccine to the media said that he believes he and his kids are at risk of contracting the coronavirus and therefore have no plans to be vaccinated against the virus.
Meanwhile, there is no evidence Musk and his family are any less susceptible to the highly contagious virus that has so far killed more than 200,000 Americans of all ages.
According to report, he has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and has repeated falsehoods about COVID-19, including debunked claims that children are “essentially immune” to it.
He has also said he believes he had the disease in January, before known spread to the US.
Musk has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis since the outset and has frequently disputed both the data around the virus as well as the government’s response to it, particularly stay-at-home orders.
He said: “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 said.
Still, Musk’s apprehension about getting a coronavirus vaccine mirror the sentiment of about a third of Americans.
A recent Ipsos MORI poll found that 33 percent of US respondents said they wouldn’t get a vaccine as soon as one becomes available, citing concerns over side effects, though 20 percent of those respondents said they were opposed to vaccines in general.