The British prime minister praised AstraZeneca’s vaccine and called for vaccination during a meeting with the president of Brazil, this Monday in New York.
on one video Published by Reuters, Boris Johnson defends that this is a “great vaccine” and addresses the journalists who were leaving the room: “Thank you everyone. Get the AstraZeneca vaccine.” Then, speaking directly to Jair Bolsonaro, he adds that he has already taken both doses. In response, the Brazilian president points to himself and says “not yet”.
According to the AP news agency, the British leader also said that “vaccines save lives”. However, this claim was not captured in the Reuters video. None of the members of the two delegations present was wearing a mask.
The meeting between Johnson and Bolsonaro took place this Monday at the residence of the British Consulate General in New York. The two governors are in the US city to participate in the UN General Assembly.
Although New York health authorities require country delegates to present proof that they have been vaccinated, António Guterres has already admitted that it is impossible to deny access to unvaccinated leaders.
Jair Bolsonaro, who has been criticized for his management of the pandemic, is the only G20 leader to publicly claim he has not been vaccinated. Before traveling to New York I had stated in the weekly direct on social networks that I would not get the vaccine.
“What do you get the vaccine for? To have antibodies. My antibody rate is up there”, he stated. The Brazilian president defends that he does not need to be vaccinated because he has a very high level of antibodies since he contracted the virus in July 2020.
In Brazil, covid-19 has already killed more than 590 thousand people. Despite Bolsonaro’s comments to downplay the vaccination, almost 70% of the population has already received at least one dose.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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