Foreign delegates to an intergovernmental organization were forced to eat on a New York City street due to their vaccination status on Sept. 21.
A photo went viral on the internet, showing Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro and company eating pizza slices and drinking Coca-Cola on a busy sidewalk.
The United Nations General Assembly delegation chose fast food because the Big Apple bans indoor dining for anyone not immunized against the Chinese Communist Party virus (COVID-19).
The delegates in question include Bolsonaro, Gen. Luiz Eduardo Ramos, Tourism Minister Gilson Machado Neto, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, and Caixa Economica Federal Bank president Pedro Guimaraes.
Bolsonaro eating pizza on the sidewalk because they wouldn’t let him in without vax card, only in New York babby 😎 pic.twitter.com/hHHBjIcpu5— detty (@0ddette) September 20, 2021
The jab is required to register for the city’s strict Key to NYC Pass program. The program resemble Europe’s vaccine passport system, which prohibits unvaccinated people from accessing bars, restaurants, gyms, and other indoor venues. Negative COVID-19 result is not accepted.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) defended the harsh government restrictions by claiming the time had come to take more personal responsibility for the Delta variant.
“We have got to shake people at this point and say, ‘Come on now,'” he previously said. “We tried voluntary, we could not have been more kind and compassionate–free testing everywhere you turn, incentives, friendly, [and] warm embrace [but] the voluntary phase is over.”
The Democrat stressed this position to world leaders attending the United Nations headquarters. He even shared a link to the NYC COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Finder website on social media.
“If you intend to come here, you need to be vaccinated,” he said according to the New York Post. “If you do not want to be vaccinated, do not bother coming because everyone should be safe together.”
Bolsonaro previously championed malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as alternative treatment for COVID-19. However, he does not support vaccine mandates and will not immediately take the jab himself due to natural immunity.
“Why take the vaccine? To have antibodies, isn’t that right? My antibody levels are way up high,” he previously said. “After everybody in Brazil is vaccinated, I will decide.”
Bolsonaro’s supporters applaud his “simplicity” for accepting to comply with NYC’s demand and enjoy his humble diner on the street, according to Reuters.