Brazil’s Health Minister Tests Positive for Covid at U.N.

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Brazil’s well being minister introduced that he had examined optimistic for the coronavirus on Tuesday in New York, the place he was attending the United Nations Basic Meeting together with the nation’s defiantly unvaccinated president, Jair Bolsonaro.

The well being minister, Marcelo Queiroga, tweeted that he would quarantine in america and was “following all well being security protocols.” Dr. Queiroga, who’s a heart specialist, acquired the CoronaVac vaccine, made by Beijing-based Sinovac, early this 12 months.

Dr. Queiroga had accompanied Mr. Bolsonaro throughout his go to to New York for the U.N. assembly, and was seen on video shaking palms with Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, when Mr. Johnson met Mr. Bolsonaro on Monday.

Earlier than being identified, Dr. Queiroga participated in conferences in New York with United Nations Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres and with President Andrzej Duda of Poland.

On Monday night time, Dr. Queiroga made headlines in Brazil after he was filmed giving anti-Bolsonaro demonstrators the center finger as he and different members of the federal government delegation left a dinner on the residence of the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations.

The president’s workplace stated in a press release issued late Tuesday that Dr. Queiroga would stay in america whereas he recovers and stated he was “doing properly.”

“We additionally inform that the opposite members of the delegation examined destructive for the virus,” the assertion stated.

Dr. Queiroga had a busy agenda in New York. He had breakfast with a bunch of traders; participated in a gathering with Brazil’s first woman, Michelle Bolsonaro; paid tribute on the Sept. 11 memorial; and spoke to senior officers on the World Well being Group.

Dr. Queiroga turned Mr. Bolsonaro’s fourth well being minister in March. His tenure has been marred by allegations that senior ministry officers sought kickbacks as they negotiated the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines.

Mr. Bolsonaro’s dealing with of the pandemic in South America’s largest nation has been broadly criticized. He has repeatedly downplayed the risk the virus posed, and his authorities was sluggish to safe entry to vaccines whilst Covid-19 overwhelmed hospitals and killed greater than 590,000 individuals in Brazil.

On Tuesday, Mr. Bolsonaro used his speech on the Basic Meeting to defend using ineffective medication to deal with the coronavirus and argued that docs ought to have had extra leeway in administering untested medicines for Covid-19. The far-right president added that he had been amongst those that recovered after “off-label” therapy with a malaria drug that research have discovered ineffective to deal with the illness.

Mr. Bolsonaro, who had a light case of Covid-19 in July of final 12 months, has stated he was in no hurry to get vaccinated, which made for an ungainly alternate throughout his assembly with Mr. Johnson, who hailed the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was developed in Britain at Oxford College.

“Get AstraZeneca vaccines,” Mr. Johnson stated. “I’ve had it twice.”

Mr. Bolsonaro pointed to himself and stated: “Not but.”

His unvaccinated standing additionally created hurdles in New York, the place eating places require that patrons present proof of inoculation for indoor seating. On Sunday, considered one of Mr. Bolsonaro’s ministers posted a photograph on Twitter of the president consuming pizza whereas standing on the road alongside a number of prime aides — together with Dr. Queiroga.

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