Mr Musk made the announcement receiving the Axel Springer Award, which is given to individuals who are “particularly innovative”, who “generate and change markets, influence culture” and who “face up to their responsibility to society.”
At the show, Mr Musk spoke about the future of Mars exploration and the development of Tesla on stage, saying that he predicted human beings would reach Mars “six years from now; if we’re lucky, maybe four years” and his aim to send an unmanned craft to the Red Planet in two years.
Following Mr Musk, Berlin’s Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn took the stage, who spoke about how he had spoken to Musk about the coronavirus pandemic and the work that is being done to develop a vaccine.
“However, I have heard that Elon Musk himself does not intend to get vaccinated,” Mr Spahn said, referring to comments Musk made in September.
“Well, I’ve already had COVID”, Musk replied from his seat. It is currently unclear whether contracting the coronavirus guarantees immunity.
Mr Musk has previously cast doubt on the effectiveness of coronavirus tests. “Something extremely bogus is going on”, Musk tweeted. “Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD.”
The Independent has reached out to Musk and Axel Springer for comment.