Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who came to the United States for a session of the UN General Assembly, instead of spending the evening in one of New York’s restaurants, had to settle for a slice of pizza, which he ate in the company of his associates on the sidewalk in Manhattan. As an unvaccinated person, Bolsonaro could not enter any of the premises in New York, the Reuters news agency pointed out.
Members of the delegation of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who flew to New York for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, shared on social media a photo of a leader who on Sunday evening, surrounded by his associates, ate a pizza in front of a restaurant in Manhattan.
Bolsonaro, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, would not be allowed to enter any premises in New York where a vaccine certificate is required. Supporters of the Brazilian president, however, praised him for the “modesty” shown by their leader while enjoying a slice of pizza eaten near the hotel where he was staying.
New York City Mayor Appeals to Leaders
The extreme right-wing populist Bolsonaro was skeptical about the threat posed by the coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brazilian president prided himself on the fact that he had not been vaccinated, and said before flying to New York that his immune system was strong enough to fight off the coronavirus. The presence of the coronavirus was detected in a delegation member Bolsonaro on Monday. This did not, however, thwart the president’s plans to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. When asked by the British Prime Minister if he had been vaccinated, Bolsonaro replied that “not yet”.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on world leaders, “Bolsonaro in particular,” to vaccinate against COVID-19 before they arrive at the UN summit. – If you do not want to get vaccinated, do not come – he said at the press conference.
Bolsonaro will be the first world leader to speak at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Main photo source: instagram.com/gilsonmachadoneto/