Billionaire Elon Musk’s tweets make apps popular, stocks skyrocket and fuel countless discussions on Twitter. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX interacts with his social media followers on topics ranging from aliens to cryptocurrencies. This time around, Mr Musk once again weighed in on the COVID-19 vaccine, again drawing mixed reactions from his 50.3 million Twitter followers.
Clarifying his position on vaccines, he wrote: “To be clear, I support vaccines in general and Covid vaccines in particular. The science is unequivocal. In very rare cases there is an allergic reaction, but this is easily resolved with an EpiPen. “
To be clear, I support vaccines in general and covid vaccines in particular. The science is unequivocal.
In very rare cases there is an allergic reaction, but this is easily resolved with an EpiPen.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 7, 2021
Interacting with a follower, he added: “Some are debating the IMO as to whether a second injection of synthetic mRNA is really necessary, but the first is obvious.”
Probably J&J, but BioNtech and Moderna are good too. Some wonder if a second injection of synthetic mRNA is really necessary, but the first is obvious.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 7, 2021
The tweet comes just weeks after Mr Musk expressed doubts about the need for a second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He had mentioned fears of negative reactions. He wrote: “Of course it is wise for the elderly or immunocompromised to take the vaccine. Some debate on the second vaccine however. Some negative reactions to it.”
Of course, it is wise for the elderly or immunocompromised to take the vaccine. A debate on the second jab however. Some negative reactions to this.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 12, 2021
The tech billionaire was responding to a tweet from author Ashlee Vance, who wrote: “My inclination has been to think that the magnitude of Facebook’s brainwashing effect is exaggerated. Now, however, my father 87-year-old, 73-year-old mom is 100% refusing the vaccine based on what she saw on Facebook, and, uh, I have some concerns. “
My inclination has been to think that the magnitude of the brainwashing effect on Facebook is exaggerated. Now, however, my 87-year-old dad and 73-year-old mum are 100% refusing the vaccine based on what they saw on Facebook, and, uh, I have some concerns.
– Ashlee Vance (@ashleevance) March 12, 2021
Twitter users have two opinions on Mr. Musk’s latest tweet, as he has frequently changed his mind about the pandemic.
Sharing an image of Tesla’s boss dismissing the ‘panic’ around the coronavirus, one user wrote: “This guy? He shouldn’t be answering questions at all … It’s not his field and he’s probably done a lot hurt by minimizing for almost a year. “
This guy? He shouldn’t be answering questions at all … that’s not his field … and he’s probably done a lot of harm by downplaying it for almost a year. pic.twitter.com/n2oRn1nYqZ
– MST3K4EVER (@ K4Mst3) April 7, 2021
The comments section also saw users exchanging their different opinions on vaccines as a solution to the pandemic.
Yes, vaccines are not perfect, but they are effective and important in ending this pandemic, so everything can go back to normal. Anti-vaccine and flat earth believers share a common trait that is difficult to explain and change your mind.
– Tin C. Pham (@pchanhtin) April 7, 2021
“Science” is never unequivocal.
There are no long-term studies of ANY of the anti-covid vaccines (how could we give it the time frame?).
– Dr Bitcoin MD (@DrBitcoinMD) April 7, 2021
My mother has a severe autoimmune disorder. Her doctors will not discuss the safety of the vaccine for her because it is too taboo.
She had her first vaccine last week and has been very ill since.
Like any topic, deleting the discussion is a mistake.
– jeremy miles (@ HughJaynus424) April 7, 2021
The United States, the country most affected by the deadly coronavirus, is rapidly vaccinating its population.