Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company Axel Springer, recently sat down with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. During the interview, they discussed how the electric car company would succeed in the auto revolution, Musk’s ambitious plans, and space exploration.
Earlier in the interview, Döpfner asked Musk what he thought of the summer of 2021 and what he thought about whether vaccines would work against coronavirus.
In the normal period, the production and availability of a vaccine take 10-15 years. Thanks to the abundance of works on the characteristics of the virus with today’s technology, this period has been reduced. It is possible to see this example in coronavirus vaccines. Currently, there are more than 150 coronavirus vaccine studies worldwide. Drugs produced by American Pfizer/Biontech and Moderna, Chinese Sinovac, Russian Sputnik V, and Oxford University in collaboration with AstraZeneca are provisional or pre-approved. In addition, vaccines are divided into two as ‘inactive’ and ‘mRNA.’
Inactivated vaccines are a long-used and reliable method. Polio and some types of flu vaccines were produced using this technique. Inactive vaccines are produced by using heat, chemicals, and radiation to prevent viruses from replicating themselves. Although these viruses cannot multiply, they can trigger the immune system. Compared to live vaccines, the duration of immunity is short.
On the other hand, the mRNA vaccine is a genetically effective vaccine that can be produced in a shorter time. This vaccine is prepared with a new technology applied in humans. In the works, its results in developing antibodies and cellular immunity in the early period are successful, but the medium and long-term results are unknown.
However, Elon Musk said he wasn’t sure if the vaccines would work. He added that there are many vaccines and we do not know how to use them. In this way, he once again revealed his suspicions about the vaccine.
Here’s what Elon Musk said:
“We’re going to have so many vaccines, we will not know what to do with them. More vaccines than we can possibly use.”
He also said:
“If you say, what are the silver linings of vaccine production, then the vaccine technology got turbocharged, that’s for sure. There is a massive interest in the acceleration of vaccines. The mRNA vaccines in particular are very interesting because they can be potential cures for cancer. I think the work of Biontech, Curevac, Moderna – the future of medicine is mRNA. You can cure basically anything with mRNA. It is just like a computer program, basically a synthetic virus. You can program it to do anything you want. You could turn into a butterfly practically.”
The 49-year-old scientist stunned people with a tweet he shared earlier. Stating that 2 of the 4 COVID-19 tests he had done on the same day were positive and 2 were negative, Musk claimed that “there was a fraud about the tests.”
Click here for the source of the statement.