NEW YORK (LifeSiteNews) — One foreign dignitary visiting the United States received a less-than hospitable reception in the Big Apple this week, as shown by a photo of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro eating a slice of pizza on a New York sidewalk because the city’s vaccination rules forbade him from entry.
Bolsonaro was in America for a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, the Daily Mail reports. A viral photo depicts him and his entourage enjoying an informal meal outside due to his lack of a vaccine passport as required by Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rules for indoor establishments such as restaurants.
While his official status is confidential, Bolsonaro says he is unvaccinated against COVID-19. He contracted the virus last year, describing it as a “little flu” and citing his past athletic experience for the mildness of his symptoms. A body of research indicates that post-infection immunity is actually more protective against reinfection than vaccinated immunity, which vaccine advocates are trying to compensate for by promoting booster shots at shortening intervals.
Nevertheless, U.S. “vaccine passport” policies tend not to recognize natural immunity as an alternative to vaccination.
On Monday, Bolsonaro reportedly laughed and said “not me” when encouraged to take the AstraZeneca COVID shot by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. One member of Bolsonaro’s delegation, who arrived a week before the president, tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantined in a New York hotel.
U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Friday that the Biden administration was “concerned about the U.N. event being a superspreader event, and that we need to take all measures to ensure that it does not become a superspreader event.”