The United States tried to dissuade leaders from coming to New York as a Covid-19 precaution although President Joe Biden will participate in person, his first UN visit since taking office.
The UN requires participants to wear masks and be vaccinated. But it relies on an honor system that means anyone entering the assembly hall effectively declares they are vaccinated. They do not have to show proof.
The first world leader to speak at the General Assembly, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, will flout the vaccination rule on Tuesday. A vaccine skeptic, he has said he does not need the shot because he had Covid-19.
Op Sondag, Bolsonaro and members of his cabinet ate pizza on the street because New York City has ordered restaurants to require proof of vaccination for patrons to dine indoors.
Members of the Brazilian delegation gathered at the van on Monday to get tests, which Brazil requires for entry.
The UN site provided more than 80 tests and six vaccinations by Monday mid-afternoon, Adam Shrier, press secretary for New York City’s test and trace corps, gesê.