President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil kicked off the United Nations Common Meeting on Tuesday by defending the usage of ineffective medicine to deal with the coronavirus and by pushing again on criticism of his authorities’s environmental report.

Brazil’s far-right president stated medical doctors ought to have had extra leeway in administering untested medicines for Covid-19, including that he had been amongst those that recovered after “off label” therapy with an anti-malaria capsule that research have discovered ineffective to deal with the illness.

“Historical past and science will maintain everybody accountable,” stated Mr. Bolsonaro, whose dealing with of the pandemic in South America’s largest nation has been broadly criticized.

Mr. Bolsonaro’s choice to not get vaccinated towards the coronavirus has loomed massive over his first couple of days in New York. It made for a clumsy second throughout a gathering on Monday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, who hailed the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was developed at Oxford College.

“Get AstraZeneca vaccines,” Mr. Johnson stated throughout his assembly with the Brazilian president. “I’ve had it twice.”

Mr. Bolsonaro pointed to himself and stated: “Not but.”

Brazil’s president has led one of many world’s most criticized responses to the pandemic. Mr. Bolsonaro repeatedly downplayed the menace the virus posed, railed towards quarantine measures and was fined for refusing to put on a masks within the capital.

His authorities was gradual to safe entry to coronavirus vaccines even because the virus overwhelmed hospitals throughout the nation. Covid-19 has killed greater than 590,000 folks in Brazil.

Mr. Bolsonaro, who had a mild case of Covid-19 in July of final yr, has stated he’s in no hurry to get a shot. Earlier this yr, the president stated he was undecided about getting a vaccine.

“After the final Brazilian will get vaccinated, if there’s a spare shot, I’ll resolve whether or not or not I get vaccinated,” he said in a televised video, including, “that’s the instance the boss should present.”

His unvaccinated standing has prompted logistical issues relating to discovering a spot to eat in New York, the place eating places require that patrons present proof of inoculation for indoor seating. Mr. Bolsonaro and his touring get together have been taking the rule in stride. On Sunday, certainly one of his ministers posted a photograph on Twitter of the president and several other prime aides consuming pizza standing up on the road.

“An expensive dinner in NYC,” joked the minister, Luiz Ramos.

On Tuesday, Mr. Bolsonaro began his speech by telling the meeting that his nation was unfairly portrayed within the press.

“I got here right here to point out a Brazil that’s totally different from what’s proven within the newspapers and on tv,” he stated. “Brazil has modified, and loads, since we assumed workplace in January 2019.”

Mr. Bolsonaro’s authorities has weakened enforcement of environmental legal guidelines and hollowed out the businesses chargeable for imposing them. But on Tuesday he argued that Brazil must be applauded for a way a lot of its forests stay intact and stated the nation may sustainably develop land in environmentally vital areas just like the Amazon.

“The way forward for inexperienced jobs is in Brazil,” he stated.