Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed support for COVID-19 vaccines despite previously raising questions about their safety and saying he would not get the sting himself.
The world’s second richest man tried to clear up his vaccine views on Twitter after causing anger last month over his vocal skepticism about two-dose therapies.
“To be clear, I support vaccines in general and Covid vaccines in particular.” Musk tweeted Wednesday. “The science is clear.”
The 49-year-old electric car tycoon sparked controversy last month saying There has been “some debate” about the safety of the second of two shots people must receive in order to complete their Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations.
Musk claimed there were “some negative reactions” to the second dose when he encouraged the elderly and immunocompromised people to take the vaccines.
While allergic reactions to Pfizer’s vaccine were more common after the second dose than after the first, they are still rare overall. Only 4.5 incidents were reported per million doses administered, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
Musk admitted on Wednesday that allergic reactions “occur on very rare occasions”, adding that they are “easily treated with an EpiPen”.
In September, Tesla Technoking told the New York Times that neither he nor his family would get a vaccine because “I’m not at risk for COVID and neither are my children.”
Musk ended Contract what he called a “moderate case” of the virus in November, likening its symptoms to a “little cold”.
In response to a Twitter reply, Musk specified that he decided not to get a vaccine because someone else could benefit more from the shot as he already had some immunity to COVID.
Last month wasn’t the first time Musk’s opinions on the pandemic sparked controversy.
He wrongly predicted last year that there would be “almost no new cases” in the US by the end of April 2020 and called coronavirus lockdown measures “fascist” after fighting to keep Tesla’s California factory open.