Mr Bolsonaro, an infamous vaccine skeptic, arrived in New York on Sunday ahead of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), when he was pictured eating a slice of pizza with Brazilian ministers and assistants.
The image, which was shared by Brazilian Tourism Minister Gilson Machado Neto on Instagram, showed Mr Bolsonaro holding a slice of pizza. The caption of the photo read: “Let’s go eat pizza with Coke”.
Brazilian health and justice ministers Marcelo Queiroga and Anderson Torres, as well as the president of a government-owned financial services company, Pedro Guimarães, were also in the photo and are in New York with the president.
As a Brazilian newspaper Brazilian courier Highlighted, Mr Bolsonaro and his ministers were standing on the streets for what was ‘their first meal’ in New York City, which this month began enforcing rules for indoor dining due to Covid .
Under rules introduced by Mayor Bill de Blasio, New Yorkers as well as tourists must be vaccinated with at least a single dose and be able to prove their vaccination status in order to sit inside restaurants. and bars and access to most interiors. premises.
According to the report, Mr Bolsonaro and his team were also forced into a New York hotel through the backdoor on Sunday evening – as a protest against the far-right leader unfolded up front.
Mr Bolsonaro, in a speech ahead of his trip to New York and UNGA, reportedly admitted in public last week that he was not vaccinated and claimed to already have antibodies to have fallen ill with Covid the year last.
By tradition, the Brazilian president is due to deliver the first speech after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres opens the 76th session on Tuesday. Mr Bolsonaro is also due to meet with world leaders for bilateral meetings, notably with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Mr Bolsonaro was sentenced in Brazil for falling ill with Covid after his own resistance to numerous public health measures to control the virus, which has seen Brazil among the most affected by Covid in South America and around the world.