Elon Musk faced strong criticism after sharing a tweet speculating about a potential connection between the COVID-19 vaccine and the cardiac arrest suffered by Bronny James, the 18-year-old son of NBA star LeBron James.
The billionaire tech mogul has previously been accused of spreading misinformation on Twitter regarding COVID-19 vaccines.
In response to a tweet about the Bronny James news, Musk made a statement about the vaccine, saying, “We cannot ascribe everything to the vaccine, but, by the same token, we cannot ascribe nothing.”
Musk noted that myocarditis, a rare inflammatory condition affecting the heart, has been reported in some adolescents and young adult males who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The key question remains whether this is a rare occurrence or a more common side-effect.
Bronny James Covid Vaccine- Elon Musk’s Tweet & Criticism
There is currently no evidence confirming the cause of Bronny James’s health issues.
However, Elon Musk‘s tweet quickly gained attention.
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum referred to Musk’s tweet during an interview with medical contributor Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, raising questions about the vaccine’s potential involvement in such incidents.
Dr. Nesheiwat pointed out that cardiomyopathy is more common in cases like Bronny James’s, not myocarditis.
The data is still inconclusive regarding similar incidents after widespread vaccine administration.
Rep. Ted Lieu criticized Musk for his tweet, urging him to consult reliable sources before making such statements.
A James family spokesperson stated that Bronny James is recovering after the medical emergency during a workout session at USC’s Galen Center.
The issue of controlling vaccine information on social media has become a contentious topic in courts and politics, with conservatives arguing about censorship by the Biden administration.
A federal appeals court recently paused a previous order limiting communication between Biden administration officials and social media companies regarding vaccine-related posts.