Elon Musk has spoken out against compulsory vaccination, saying it is “not something we should be doing in America”.
Elon Musk has spoken out against the vaccine mandate.
Tesla and SpaceX founders who previously criticized COVID-19 Lockdown in the United States, commented in an interview with time magazine, which on Monday named the world’s richest person as Person of the Year for 2021.
Asked if he had been vaccinated, Musk confirmed that he was.
“Yeah yes. I’m a big fan of vaccination. The science is clear, I tweeted to that effect,” he said.
“But by the same token I’m against forcing people to get vaccinated. You know, I think it’s not something that we should be doing in America. I think we should be encouraging people to get vaccinated. , they should strongly try to persuade them to vaccinate, but not force them to be vaccinated, or to get them vaccinated or fired, for example.
Just over 72 percent of adults in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or just under 61 percent of the total population.
vaccination rate vast variation between states, Vermont is the state with the most vaccinations, with 75.4 percent of the total population receiving two doses, while Idaho has the lowest vaccination rate at 45.8 percent.
Vaccine mandates have proven controversial at both the state and federal levels.
On Tuesday, the Air Force said it had discharged 27 people for refusing to vaccinate, making them the first service members to be removed for disobeying a mandate, Associated Press reported,
Thousands of service members have either refused or sought exemptions since the Pentagon earlier this year announced a comprehensive vaccine requirement for all members of the military.
Different branches had set their own time limits for vaccination of members.
Musk’s comment came as the Supreme Court denied it on Monday to stop a vaccine mandate For New York health workers.
Meanwhile, the US Senate last week voted to block President Joe Biden’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for large private employers in what was seen as a symbolic victory for conservatives.
The measure passed 52-48 in the upper house with the support of all 50 Republicans and two centrist Democrats, but is not expected to do well in the House of Representatives, where it may find only the right support.
Under Mr Biden’s plan, all companies with more than 100 employees will have to vaccinate their employees or undergo weekly testing from January 4.
The Senate pushback was led by Mike Braun of Indiana, who told reporters that job threats to Americans “is the government’s heavy hand” if they denied in both cases.
Senate Republican President John Barrasso of Wyoming accused Biden of “medical malpractice”.
After the vote, Joe Manchin, one of two Democrats who sided with the Republicans, said that while he supports a vaccine mandate for federal employees and the military, it is “the federal government’s responsibility to direct private businesses”. There was no place”.
“We should encourage, not punish, private employers to encourage vaccination among their employees,” Manchin said in a statement.
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer compared Republicans to flat-Earth theorists and accused those who have vaccinated themselves of hypocrisy.
“The biggest thing between us and the end of the pandemic is the Americans who have refused vaccinations,” he said.
All three major Biden vaccine policies for people not employed by the federal government – mandates for contractors, some health care workers and employees of large companies – face legal challenges and are currently on ice.
Last month, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis four bills signed into law Ban or restrict vaccine mandates in schools and businesses in the state.
Mr DeSantis described it as “the strongest piece of legislation ever implemented in the country” against vaccine requirements.
“I told Floridians we would protect their jobs and today we made that law,” he said during an appearance in the small Brandon’s Tampa Suburbs – Widely seen as a reference to the viral anti-Joe Biden phrase “Let’s go Brandon”.
“No one should lose their jobs because of the heavy-handed COVID mandate and it was our responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida. I am grateful to the Florida Legislature for joining me in standing up for freedom.”
— AFP. with