Elon Musk is currently the third richest man on Earth. However, he made it clear that he would not spend a single penny to avail of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Elon Musk, for the nth time, publicly de-emphasized the effects of COVID-19 on one’s health.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO sat for a one-on-one interview with Kara Swisher in the New York Times podcast Sway.
During the conversation, Musk revealed that he would not get a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available.
“I’m not at risk for COVID, nor are my kids,” he said. Musk also refused to share whether he currently feels obliged to pay employees who want to stay at home.
During the podcast, he suggested that the government should stop eliminating stay-at-home orders. Instead, they should put anyone who is at risk in quarantine “until the storm passes”.
Pandemic is Uncontrollable
Meanwhile, Swisher tried to oppose Musk by saying there is a huge possibility that people would still die no matter what the government says.
The billionaire tech mogul then responded that everybody really dies.
“The question is what, on balance, serves the greater good,” Musk explained before adding that the lockdown period did not lower the number of deaths. In addition, he sees the pandemic as a no-win situation.
Elon Musk’s Advice to Employees
In April, he already tweeted that nationwide stay-at-home orders only resulted in “de facto house arrest.”
Meanwhile, he clarified that if one of his workers informed him that going to work would only harm their family, he would just tell them to stay home. No ifs. No buts.
When Swisher pressed him whether he would pay his employees if that happens, Musk remained silent and grew defensive.
In the end, he even threatened to end the interview.
Musk Targeted Bill Gates Too
In July, Musk told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin that his fellow billionaire, Bill Gates, should stick to what he knows best.
“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments,” Gates said prior to Musk’s statement. “He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”
In return, Musk responded and criticized Gates, saying that his company makes the vaccine machines for CureVac.
Currently, it is a war between the two billionaires, but such discussion should be set aside first to focus on what’s important.
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