BRASILIA (Reuters) – Unvaccinated heads of state attending the United Nations General Assembly this week may have to settle for a piece of pizza on a sidewalk instead of a fancy dinner at restaurants in New York York.
This is how Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dined on his first night in New York, where no one is allowed to enter the city’s restaurants without proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The far-right populist is a vaccine skeptic who bragged about not being vaccinated, saying before leaving for New York that his immune system is strong enough to fend off the coronavirus.
On Sunday evening, two Cabinet ministers from his delegation posted a photo of Bolsonaro and his assistants munching on slices of pizza on a New York sidewalk.
Bolsonaro supporters have praised the casual “simplicity” of their chef happy to eat pizza on the street near the Manhattan hotel where he is staying.
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Brazil’s mission to the United Nations declined to comment on reports that a Brazilian diplomat tested positive in New York.
UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said: “We are aware of the information and are in contact with the Brazilian mission”.
Bolsonaro will be the first head of state to address the United Nations Annual General Assembly on Tuesday morning.
(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; writing by Anthony Boadle; editing by Grant McCool)
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