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Vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro gets a pass at U.N. but not New York restaurants

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Vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro gets a pass at U.N. but not New York restaurants
Vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro gets a pass at U.N. but not New York restaurants   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BRASILIA</span> – Unvaccinated heads of state attending the United Nation General Assembly this week may have to settle for a piece of pizza on a sidewalk instead of fine dining at New York’s restaurants.</p> <p>That is how Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro dined on his first night in New York, where no one is allowed into the city’s restaurants without proof of vaccination against <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19.</p> <p>The far-right populist is a vaccine skeptic who has bragged about not being vaccinated, saying before he left for New York that his immune system is strong enough to fend off the coronavirus.</p> <p>Two Cabinet ministers on his delegation posted a photo of Bolsonaro and aides munching on slices of pizza on a New York sidewalk on Sunday night.</p> <p>Bolsonaro’s supporters praised the casual “simplicity” of their leader happy to eat pizza on the street near the Manhattan hotel where he is staying.</p> <p>Brazil’s mission to the United Nations declined to comment on reports a Brazilian diplomat had tested positive in New York.</p> <p>U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “We are aware of the reports and are in contact with the Brazilian mission.”</p> <p>Bolsonaro will be the first head of state to address the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning.</p> <p/> </div>