Musk was not on good terms with Bill Gates before the Corona pandemic (French)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk called his rival Microsoft founder Bill Gates the owner of the “empty head” for his previous criticism of how Musk dealt with the Coronavirus and that he would not take the vaccine against it if it appeared, during an interview with The New York Times, in a new episode of mutual criticism Between them.
During a podcast interview published this week, New York Times journalist Kara Swisher asked Musk about his thoughts about the virus, and whether he was planning to have a vaccine against it, and Musk replied: “I am not at risk of contracting the virus, nor are my children.”
Musk had a long record of commenting on the epidemic, with Swisher admitting that “it is a complex problem, with rational thinking becoming second.”
And Musk had published misleading information about the virus, and published a famous tweet in early March, in which he said that he expected there would be “nearly zero new cases” by “the end of April” and also saw that “the Coronavirus panic is stupid.”
These comments prompted the Microsoft founder, the man who works closely with a group of researchers and institutions to find an anti-disease vaccine, to declare in July that Musk “should not talk about the Corona pandemic, especially since he does not know anything in this field.”
Musk defended himself against Gates’ comments, saying that he spent time with epidemiologists at Harvard University “conducting studies on antibodies,” and he referred to his company, Tesla, working with “CureVac,” a company that does private research to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus. Gates is one of its investors.
Musk told Swisher: “Gates said about me that I do not know Coronavirus research.” And he added, “I say hello to him, owner of the empty head, we are in fact manufacturing the vaccine machines for CureVac, that company that you invest in.”
Bill Gates asked Musk not to talk about Corona virus research, because he "does not know anything about it" (Reuters)
Tensions between the two giants
Matters between the two giants, the founders of Microsoft and Tesla, have particularly caught on in the past six months, as the two have publicly fought over everything from electric cars to the Coronavirus.
The two poles are considered one of the world’s richest people, and only CEO Jeff Bezos surpasses them in this. It seems that they differ fundamentally about the Coronavirus. As they are two main players in developing a vaccine to protect against the virus, their clashes carry a great deal of weight.
Gates and Musk are participating in the fight against the Coronavirus, as the former pledged $ 100 million to combat the virus through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Musk redirected Tesla’s resources to developing and producing ventilators and cooperating with German biotechnology company CureVac to create a device to help produce the vaccine.
But since March, Musk has repeatedly played down the severity of the virus and has been critical of stay-at-home orders. He also promoted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus and said that children were immune to it, and questioned the death data from the Coronavirus.
Musk also said in March that there would be “nearly zero new cases” by the end of April, while the number of deaths in the United States alone had recently surpassed 200,000.