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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

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-09-22
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Brazil Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga

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.

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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
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The video has already amassed over a million views as of Wednesday morning
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'Minister goes to New York, shows the protesters the middle finger, and tests positive for Covid. Sounds like a lie. But it is not' Krähenbühl captioned the tweet in Portuguese

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!'

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Marcelo Queiroga, far right, can be spotted shaking hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as UK and Brazilian leaders meet to discuss the pandemic on September 21 
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, met with Johnson, right, as the part of the United Nations General Assembly. The Brazilian president spoke out against vaccine mandates
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Queiroga confirmed on Twitter that he had contracted the virus and is in quarantine

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.

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After meeting with the Brazilian delegation, Johnson meet with President Joe Biden
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During the Brazilian-United Kingdom meeting, Johnson recommended the vaccine for the famously unvaccinated Bolsonaro, who continued to refuse it
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Queiroga, left, was with Bolsonaro, center, in when they addressed the nation from NYC 

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.

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Jim W.
09-24

I have been following international attorney, Reiner Fuellmich, very closely as it pertains to this 'pandemic'. He brings up a very valid point. If there truly WERE a global pandemic, federal governments the world over would be attempting to keep people calm. But they're not. They're fear mongering. "You need 19 shots! There's 9,000 new variants! There is a NEW but even deadlier virus!" Being a bit hyperbolic, but they are purposefully trying to scare people.. Fear is an excellent tool for control of the masses.

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Brad Hughey
09-24

Let it run it’s course you vaxers are making it worse!! Ok so he tested positive big free king deal!! What did he get the sniffles, a cough!! Stop mutating this into new strains!! Just like the flu every year it’s a different strain because they just are guessing what the next poison cocktail to jab you with!! If they let the flu run it’s courses would be over by now same with Covid!!

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K Bunnell
09-24

Looked to me that the crowd was giving HIM the finger first, along with shouting who-knows-what at him. Not that his conduct was statesmanlike, but, yeah, human.

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