Brazil’s health minister tests positive for coronavirus at the UN General Assembly

FILE. Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga at a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 24, 2021. | Photo: Efe.

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for the coronavirus while in New York for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, where President Jair Bolsonaro spoke on Tuesday, September 21.

The last: Marcelo Queiroga, 55, confirmed the diagnosis in a tweet and reported that he remains isolated in the United States “following all health security protocols.” The minister has received at least one injection of a coronavirus vaccine, according to media reports.

  • It turned out that Queiroga is the second member of Bolsonaro’s delegation to test positive in New York.
  • Bloomberg News reported that a delegation member who had not been in contact with the president tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving; and was put in isolation.
  • Bolsonaro remains defiant before the vaccines. He argues that he does not need the protection because he recovered from a mild case of COVID-19 in 2020.
  • On Tuesday, Bolsonaro appeared to violate UN rules requiring that those entering the General Assembly Hall be fully vaccinated under an “honor system.”
  • Bolsonaro was also photographed eating pizza on the streets of New York on Sunday night with members of his delegation, including Queiroga.

What do they say? In his opening speech to the Assembly, in which the pandemic was high on the agenda, Bolsonaro said his government did not support the use of a vaccine passport and supports treatment with unproven drugs such as hydroxychloroquine.

  • The Brazilian leader said his government supported vaccines, but also supports “early treatment” for COVID-19.

Main source of the news: The Washington Post.

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