Unvaccinated Bolsonaro has to eat on the sidewalk as New York restaurants refuse entry

Unvaccinated Bolsonaro has to eat on the sidewalk as New York restaurants refuse entry


The vaccine-skeptical Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who himself did not receive any Covid vaccinations, had to eat on the New York sidewalk on the first night because the city restaurants do not allow unvaccinated people to enter. Bolsonaro is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

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The vaccine-skeptical Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who himself did not receive any Covid vaccinations, had to eat on the New York sidewalk on the first night because the city restaurants do not allow unvaccinated people to enter. Bolsonaro is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Two cabinet ministers in his delegation posted a photo of Bolsonaro and his aides chewing pizza slices on Sunday evening.

Bolsonaro’s supporters praised the “simplicity” of their leader.

When asked by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting on Monday whether he had been vaccinated, Bolsonaro replied, “No. Not yet.”

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The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, appealed to world leaders, “including Bolsonaro from Brazil, in particular” to get vaccinated before attending the UN meeting in the city.

“If you don’t want to be vaccinated, don’t come,” de Blasio said at a press conference.

Last week, the President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, informed the 193 member states that the United Nations COVID-19 vaccination system for presidents, prime ministers and diplomats would remain in place. You do not need to show a vaccination card.

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Some guides are staying away because of the coronavirus pandemic and sending a video statement instead.

Brazil’s mission to the United Nations declined to comment on reports that a Brazilian diplomat tested positive in New York.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “We know the reports and are in contact with the Brazilian mission.”

Bolsonaro will be the first head of state to address the annual UN General Assembly on Tuesday morning.

(With contributions from agencies)

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