Not vaccinated yet, Brazilian President still attends UN meeting

President Bolsonaro announced that he will attend the United Nations meeting next week in New York, although the city has a rule that only people who have been vaccinated can enter the convention center.

“Next week, I will give the opening speech of the United Nations General Assembly. It will be a calm, objective speech, focused on the issues we care about,” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced. September 16th.

The statement of the President of Brazil made many people confused because he had not received a Covid-19 vaccine. The New York mayor’s office earlier asked the United Nations General Assembly to issue guidelines requiring delegates to present a certificate of vaccination.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on June 10.  Photo: Reuters.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on June 10. Photo: Reuters.

The New York City health official said the UN meeting venue is classified as a “convention center,” meaning all attendees must be vaccinated.

However, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told New York’s health authorities that he could not make demands on heads of state.

President Bolsonaro, infected with nCoV last year, once claimed he would be the last Brazilian to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The Brazilian president thinks he is immune because his antibody rate remains high.

Brazil is currently the third largest epidemic area in the world with more than 21 million infections and nearly 590,000 deaths from nCoV. The country has vaccinated more than 67% of the population with Covid-19 vaccine, of which more than 35% have received two full doses.

Ngoc Anh (Follow AFP)

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