The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has agreed with the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has recommended the vaccine against COVID-19 developed by British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca, to which the president of Brazil has replied that has not yet been vaccinated.
Both leaders have met in the American city of New York on the occasion of the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to be held this Tuesday.
“I’ve already taken it twice”, Johnson has assured regarding the dose of AstraZeneca, a comment that Bolsonaro has responded with: “I haven’t done it yet”, as reported in the Brazilian newspaper ‘Newspaper’.
The fact that he has not yet received any dose against COVID-19 leaves the Brazilian president as an exception among world leaders, and has even caused controversy in New York, as the city authorities demand to present a vaccination certificate to access closed spaces such as restaurants, cinemas or theaters.
For this reason, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has invited Bolsonaro not to go to the city if he is not immunized, collects the Brazilian news portal G1.
“With the protocols we have established, we need to send a message to all world leaders, especially Bolsonaro, that if they intend to come here, they must be vaccinated.”, De Blasio has asserted.
For the mayor, it is necessary to transmit a message of health security to the population and, in the same way, to guarantee that those attending the United Nations Assembly do not become infected. “Everyone should be safe and together, this means that everyone should be vaccinated,” he said.
MEETING WITH JOHNSON
Beyond the controversial statements of the Brazilian president, Johnson and Bolsonaro have held a meeting in which the South American president has asked for flexibility for the access of his citizens to the United Kingdom.
In recent days the Johnson Government has issued a series of measures that make the arrival of international tourists to the islands more flexible, however Brazil has not been included in this list of countries.
Thus, regardless of whether a vaccination certificate is presented, it is necessary that those who enter the United Kingdom from Brazil keep quarantine upon arrival.
According to Brazilian government sources to which he has had access ‘Newspaper’, Johnson has suggested the possible revision of this situation from the beginning of October. For its part, the Brazilian delegation has pointed out that this relaxation of the measures would even facilitate the participation of the Brazilian authorities in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), which is scheduled to be held in Glasgow in the month of November.
On the agenda of the Brazilian delegation during its stay in New York is scheduled a presidential meeting with the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and a meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
However, although the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Carlos França, will meet with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, it is not expected that this meeting will be extended to the leaders of both nations.
(With information from Europa Press)