SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who is infamous for downplaying the threat of coronavirus, said that neither he nor his family will get coronavirus vaccine even if it is readily available. “I am not at risk for COVID, nor are my kids,” Musk said. The 49-year-old billionaire was speaking at an opinion podcast “Sway” on Tuesday.
He further condemned the nationwide lockdown. Calling it a “no-win situation,” Musk said that it diminished his faith in humanity. “Everybody dies,” he added in defence of his argument.
He revealed that during the lockdown period, SpaceX did not skip a day of work. “We sent astronauts to the Space Station and back,” he said.
The Tesla CEO also lashed out at Bill Gates. “Gates said something about me not knowing what I was doing. It’s like, hey, knucklehead, we actually make the vaccine machines for CureVac, that company you’re invested in,” he said. Backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CureVac is one of the companies that has entered a deal with the European Union to produce 405 million coronavirus vaccine.
Earlier, Bill Gates had said that Musk doesn’t know much about vaccines and had asked him to not comment on areas that he is not familiar with.