Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended the handling of the pandemic in his speech at the United Nations, saying that science and history will hold everyone accountable.
Bolsonaro was the first world leader to speak at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
“We support vaccination efforts. However, my administration does not endorse a vaccine or health passport or any other vaccine-related liability,” Bolsonaro said.
The president said that about 90 percent of Brazil’s adults and 80 percent of the indigenous population have already been given a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We cannot understand why many countries, along with a large section of the media, took a stance against early treatment measures,” Bolsonaro said. “History and science will certainly be intelligent enough to hold everyone accountable.”
Bolsonaro said his government has supported early treatment measures since the pandemic began, and that he himself underwent initial treatment for COVID-19.
Last July, Bolsonaro posted on Facebook that he had recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus. He also posted a picture of himself with a box of hydroxychloroquine at that time.
Bolsonaro also criticized the isolation and lockdown measures during his speech, saying they “left a legacy of inflation, especially in food items around the world.”
“I have always advocated that we must fight the virus and unemployment at the same time and with the same responsibility,” the president said. He added that Brazil created about 1,800,000 new positions in the first seven months of this year.
In his speech, Bolsonaro also emphasized the importance of family, freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
“We believe that the traditional nuclear family is the foundation of civilization,” Bolsonaro said. “And the freedom of man is complete only by freedom of worship and freedom of expression.”
“Today, Brazil is one of the best investment destinations in the world. And it is here in this General Assembly that we envision a world with more freedom, more democracy, more prosperity and peace,” the president concluded.
Bolsonaro is the only illiterate leader in the G20 world. On Monday, when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked him if he had been vaccinated, Bolsonaro replied: “No. Not now.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio required a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from August 17. People must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for indoor activities such as food, fitness and entertainment.
Bolsonaro was seen eating pizza with his ministers on a Manhattan street on Sunday. “Luxury Dining in NYC,” wrote one of the ministers, Luiz Ramos Twitter.
The United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan is an international territory and not subject to US laws. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Reuters last week that the UN Secretariat “cannot tell a head of state that he has not been vaccinated that he cannot enter the United Nations.”
The United Nations has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination honor system from 1 June. Under this system, when diplomats swipe their UN ID card when entering the General Assembly Hall, it will be considered a declaration that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. .
De Blasio called on Bolsonaro at a news conference on Monday.
“We need to send a message to all the leaders of the world, especially including Bolsonaro of Brazil, that if you intend to come here, you need to be vaccinated,” de Blasio said.
“If you don’t want to get vaccinated, don’t bother coming.”
Last week, de Blasio said the city would provide a free single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a site outside the United Nations headquarters during world meetings.
Reuters contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times