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unvaccinated, President Bolsonaro announces he will go to the UN despite restrictions

Despite the health restrictions imposed on New York, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, unvaccinated, has announced that he will make his way to the UN General Assembly.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is not vaccinated against Covid-19, assured on September 16 that he would go to the UN General Assembly next week in New York, where a vaccination certificate will be yet mandatory.

“I will be at the UN General Assembly next week, I will give the opening speech on Tuesday,” announced the Brazilian head of state in his traditional speech on social networks. It will be “a quiet, fairly objective speech,” added President Bolsonaro, who mentioned the management of the epidemic in Brazil, agribusiness and energy.

Jair Bolsonaro’s participation in the United Nations GA was questioned when the New York authorities imposed the presentation of a vaccination certificate to access the meeting. An obligation which has also aroused the anger of Moscow. “Preventing delegates from independent nations from accessing the General Assembly Hall or other areas of the United Nations headquarters would represent a clear violation of the United Nations Charter,” said Vassily Nebenzia, permanent representative of the United Nations. Russia at the United Nations by denouncing a “clearly discriminatory” measure.

The UN Secretary General does not wish to impose this constraint

New York City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi highlighted that the General Assembly Amphitheater was “a convention center” subject to the same rules as most indoor activity spaces. At New York. A few hours later, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, however admitted that he could not impose this constraint on heads of state.

Brazil, which has 213 million inhabitants, is the fourth country in the world in number of doses of vaccines administered (214 million), according to data from Our World in Data. But Jair Bolsonaro has so far refused to receive any injection.

The Brazilian president said he would get vaccinated “on the last day, I guarantee it”, he who has already repeated several times that he would be “the last Brazilian” to be administered an anti-Covid vaccine.

The leader, infected with the coronavirus last year, again hammered home that he was already immune. “My antibody level is at the top,” he told Minister of Health Marcelo Queiroga, who recommended the vaccine to him.