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Elon Musk Says He Won't Be Getting A Covid-19 Vaccine If They Become Available

Elon Musk Says He Won't Be Getting A Covid-19 Vaccine If They Become Available

Elon Musk has said he won't get a Covid-19 vaccine, if one becomes available, because he doesn't feel he or his family are at risk of contracting the virus.

The 49-year-old, who kept his Tesla factories open during lockdown, took part in an interview on the New York Times podcast Sway in which he counted himself out of getting a vaccine - even if they became readily available.

When asked if he or his family would be getting the jab, he said: "No, I'm not at risk for Covid. Nor are my kids."

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Back in May, Musk defied local lockdown rules and opened up his Tesla factory - posting on Twitter he said: "Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.

"California approved, but an unelected county official illegally overrode. Also, all other auto companies in US are approved to resume. Only Tesla has been singled out. This is super messed up!"

He went on to say he would be launching legal action against the state before adding: "Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately."

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Speaking on Sway, Musk said it was a 'travesty' that his factory was forced to close for several weeks.

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He said: "Tesla has been, apart for several weeks where we were shut down by the state, and then the overzealous Alameda County, which was a travesty, but apart from that we've been making cars this entire time and it's been great."

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He reiterated that he didn't think the whole of the US ought to have gone into a lockdown, adding that anyone who is at risk should have quarantined 'until the storm passes' instead.

The SpaceX boss also said the reaction to the pandemic had shaken his faith in humanity, telling the podcast: "It has diminished my faith in humanity, the whole thing... the irrationality of people in general."

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However, despite his complaints against the lockdown, Musk is one of the few people who have actually managed to come through the pandemic pretty well - seeing a very healthy boost to his fortune.

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