SpaceX boss Elon Musk has stated his support for COVID-19 vaccines despite previously arguing about the safety of the medication and adding that he wouldn’t get any vaccine himself.
Elon who’s currently the world’s second-richest person tried to clear up his vaccine thoughts on social media after drawing ire last month for his vocal skepticism about two-dose regimens.
Musk tweeted on Wednesday. “To be clear, I do support vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal.”
To be clear, I do support vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal.
In very rare cases, there is an allergic reaction, but this is easily addressed with an EpiPen.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 7, 2021
He sparked controversy last month when he said there was some debate about the safety of the second of two shots people must get to complete their Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations.
The Tesla boss also stated that there had been quite a few negative reactions to the second doses while encouraging elderly and immunocompromised people to take the vaccines.
Though allergic reactions to Pfizer’s jab have been more frequent after the second dose than the first, they’re still rare overall with just 4.5 incidents reported for every million doses administered, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.
Elon Musk noted on Wednesday that allergic reactions do happen in very rare cases while adding that they’re easily addressed with an EpiPen. This comes after the electric car expert revealed in September that he nor his kids will not take the vaccine because “I’m not at risk for COVID, nor are my kids.”
In November last year, Elon Musk contracted what he described as a “moderate case” of the virus, comparing his symptoms to a minor cold.
Responding to a Twitter reply, Elon Musk said he decided not to get a vaccine because someone else could benefit more from the shot given that he already had some immunity to COVID.
Meanwhile, the Tesla chief had previously been wrong with his coronavirus prediction like last year when he said there would be “probably close to zero new cases” in the US by the end of April 2020 and described coronavirus lockdown measures as fascist.