The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, could come out of that kind of pulse that he has maintained in recent hours with the laws of New York and appear before the United Nations General Assembly, as planned next week, without having to get vaccinated. “What for? My antibodies are through the roof”, has assured.
This week, the Assembly Leader, Abdullah Shahid, recalled that all who participate in the next session must have received the vaccine against the coronavirus, as decreed by the law of the city of New York, which requires those who attend events and conferences to have been immunized.
Currently, international delegations are in favor of maintaining a valid “honor system” With which the participants would have enough their word to confirm that they have been vaccinated or are not positive for coronavirus without having to prove it through documents or medical reports.
“As you will recall, there was a pilot project under the previous president of the General Assembly, who basically said that (…) the delegates attest that they are fully vaccinated, who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last ten days and who have no symptoms. We are working with the new president to maintain this system “, explained Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
The matter has received special attention in recent days in Brazil, since it is traditionally the country that opens the appearances of the heads of state during the most important leaders’ meeting of the year, and this time it has a president who from the beginning of the pandemic has shown a certain denial and conspiratorial attitude with everything that had to do with her.
Officially, Bolsonaro has not received any vaccine and this Thursday he made it clear that in principle it will continue to be that way. “So that?”, it has been asked during the virtual meeting that every week offers its followers.
“Do I get the vaccine for what, to have antibodies? My antibody rate is through the roof. Yes, or what? I have 991. I’m fine, so I’m going to get vaccinated for what, it will not be effective. Everyone has already been vaccinated in Brazil, I will decide in the future, “he said while bragging about his good health with a doctor who accompanied him.
Russia is also reluctant
In addition to Brazil, Russia has also shown its disagreement about the possibility of prohibiting the presence of those who have not been immunized, but in their case because the US authorities do not recognize the Russian Sputnik vaccine.
This year, more than a hundred heads of state and a score of government leaders plan to attend the headquarters of the General Assembly, although others have chosen to do it through videoconferencing like last year.
This would be the third time that Bolsonaro attends the appointment. The first time, in a somewhat quarrelsome way, he used insults and attacks on socialism, being skeptical of climate change, even going so far as to lash out at the press, which he accused of sensationalism, for its coverage of the fires in the country at the time. Amazon. The following year, he criticized the lockdown policies for their economic havoc.
After the fall from grace of former United States President Donald Trump, who could have starred in a dilemma like this if he had been re-elected because he is not vaccinated, Bolsonaro has remained practically alone at the international level when it comes to contradicting the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
It remains to be seen how it will face this new opportunity at the United Nations at a time when its image at the international level is disastrous, with reports from NGOs warning that it is a “threat to democracy” in Brazil for its continuous and furious attacks on the powers of the State and with the electorate against it, except for its noisy and numerous unconditional, with the polls giving the clear winner in the 2022 elections to former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.