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Brazil’s Bolsonaro leaving UN meeting without vaccination – Times of India

Brasilia: Brazilthe covid-free president of Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he would attend next week United Nations conference in New York, effectively defying city officials who recently announced proof-of-vaccination requirements for all leaders and diplomats in attendance.
“Next week I’ll be in United Nations General Assembly (Youth), where I will deliver the inaugural address”, the President said during a social media broadcast.
Bolsonaro said it would be “a quiet speech, very purposeful, focused on issues that interest us,” adding that he would discuss Brazil’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic, its agribusiness and energy.
On Wednesday, the New York mayor’s office wrote to UNGA giving guidelines requiring delegates to show proof of vaccination to enter the debate hall – a move that raised questions about Bolsonaro’s personal involvement.
letter signed by New York CityThe U.S. health commissioner said the UN debate hall was classified as a “convention centre”, meaning all attendees should be vaccinated, like others participating in certain indoor activities in the city.
UN Secretary General after hours Antonio Guterres Said he could not impose requirements on heads of state
Bolsonaro, who had the virus last year, has said he will be the “last Brazilian” to be vaccinated.
Brazil, with a population of 213 million, ranks fourth worldwide in terms of vaccine doses, according to the research group our world in data.
But the president has so far refused to get the shot, claiming he is already immunized because his antibody rate remains “over the top”.


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