Brazil’s Health Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday (21/9), hours after he accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States.

In a statement issued by Brazil’s government communications office, Queiroga is in good condition and will be quarantined in the United States. The statement also stated that another member of the Brazilian delegation on the trip to New York had been tested, and the result was negative.

Queiroga told CNN Brazil that he continues to wear a mask when at the UN Building.

President Bolsonaro, who is known to be skeptical of a COVID-19 vaccine, defied a UN rule requiring everyone attending the General Assembly to be vaccinated. Bolsonaro arrogantly stated that he did not want to be vaccinated.

In a speech to world leaders at a meeting where the global coronavirus pandemic was high on the agenda, Bolsonaro said his government did not agree on vaccine passports. Instead, he supports treatment with an unproven drug such as the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine.

He stated his country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign was a success and that all adults wishing to be vaccinated would be fully inoculated by November. [ka/ps]

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