Richard Branson, business magnate, entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group has reiterated the importance of individuals getting vaccinated against the dreaded Covid-19, including getting their booster shots.
The billionaire stated this as he recently caught the virus, though currently recovering. In addition to him, his wife and other members of his family also caught the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus and are still in recovery.
“Friends & family, including myself and my wife Joan, recently caught omicron. Thanks to all being vaccinated and boosted, our symptoms have been mild,” Branson tweeted.
In another tweet, he stated, “I’m currently recovering from a mild COVID case. Thankfully, I’m fully vaccinated & boosted (urge everyone – where available – to do the same) and feeling fine”
As a result of his current health status, Branson announced via his Twitter page that he wouldn’t be with the Virgin Orbit team to ring the bell at Nasdaq today.
“Sorry I can’t join the Virgin Orbit team in person to ring the bell at Nasdaq tomorrow, but excited to be there virtually celebrating with the team,” Branson said.
Virgin Orbit is a company within the Virgin Group that provides launch services for small satellites. The company which was recently listed on NASDAQ late last year plans to go on its first NASA sponsored mission in 2022.
Virgin Orbit has successfully launched 19 satellites to date and has launched satellites for all of its major customer segments: civil, commercial, international, and national security.