Brazil's fully vaccinated health minister who tested positive for COVID-19 gave protesters the middle finger as he departed UN after meeting with UK PM Boris Johnson
Brazil's Minister of Health, who tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a United Nations conference in New York City, was seen on video giving protesters the middle finger after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and staying at the same hotel as Joe Biden.
Brazilian journalist Raquel Krähenbühl tweeted the nine-second clip on Monday night, showing Marcelo Queiroga angrily flipping off protesters from a van as it left the UN building.
'This video from the Ministry of Health showing the finger to protesters in NYC…' Krähenbühl captioned the tweet in Portuguese for the clip, which has already amassed over a million views as of Wednesday morning
Queiroga, who said he got vaccinated this year with the Chinese-developed Sinovac, flipped the bird to protesters railing against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the pandemic.
'Minister goes to New York, shows the protesters the middle finger, and tests positive for Covid. Sounds like a lie. But it is not,' she added in another tweet the next day.
By Tuesday, Brazil's presidential office had officially announced that the fully-vaccinated Queiroga had tested positive for the virus and will be quarantining in New York for two weeks.
Queiroga had met with Johnson on Monday, where they shook hands and stood beside each other while the British leader was not wearing a mask.
Bolsonaro is a staunch vaccine skeptic and previously boasted about attending the UN meeting without being vaccinated, CBS reports.
Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, also criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday after the mayor warned the president not to come to the city due to his vaccine stance, calling it a 'textbook Marxist' move.
On Twitter, Queiroga wrote, 'I communicate to everyone that today I tested positive for #Covid19. I will be quarantined in #USA , following all health safety protocols. Meanwhile, the @minsaude will remain firm in the actions to fight the pandemic in Brazil. let's win this!'
The health minister was the second member of the Brazilian delegation in New York to test positive for COVID after a diplomat who was part of President Bolsonaro's advance team tested positive over the weekend.
Some members of the Brazilian delegation have canceled their participation in the remaining sessions of the UN meeting to avoid possibly infection of other nation's diplomats, Queiroga told CNN.
Queiroga had also been staying at the same hotel as Biden, who also went on to meet with Johnson after the prime minister's meeting with Queiroga.
Brazil continues to be in spotlight during the United Nations General Assembly after Bolsonaro gave his speech on Tuesday that his approach toward COVID-19 would be proven right.