President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) will have his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, this Monday morning (20), in New York, in the United States. The retired captain arrived on Sunday (19) in the country where he will give the opening speech of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), this Tuesday (21).
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Last Friday (17), the British country announced that citizens of South America and Africa, even those vaccinated with immunizers authorized in the United Kingdom, such as Pfizer and Moderna, must undergo quarantine and undergo tests to enter the country.
This is because only people vaccinated with immunizations from Oxford, Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer, in countries with “relevant” public health agencies, can enter the country without quarantining. It so happens that none of the countries with “relevant” agencies are from the two regions mentioned.
Planalto Palace released the president’s agenda, but not the details or topics that will be discussed between the two leaders. Certainly the restriction of Brazilian visitors to the country will be debated.
On social networks, Maiara Folly, program director at Plataforma Cipó, which works in the area of climate, security, global governance and migration issues, explained that “even if a person spends weeks in a country in the ‘green zone’, where there are few cases of covid, the mere fact that they have been vaccinated in South America or Africa make them compulsory quarantine. Even though the vaccines were produced in Europe”, said the researcher.
“Since the Brazilian president will have almost no other bilateral meeting, he could take the time to ask why vaccines applied in Brazil are not recognized in the UK,” Folly said in his profile on Twitter.
The UK has decided that anyone vaccinated in South America and Africa, even with the Oxford, Pfizer, Moderna etc vaccine is considered UNVACCINED. As a result, they will have to perform mandatory quarantine and multiple tests when entering the country.
It is institutionalized racism.
— Maiara Folly (@mafolly) September 18, 2021
It is worth remembering that President Jair Bolsonaro has not yet been vaccinated against covid-19. After arriving in New York late this Sunday afternoon (19), the retired captain had pizza at a tent outside a restaurant, as the US city requires proof of vaccination against the disease to enter these places .
The meeting between the two leaders was requested by Boris Johnson himself, who has an urgent need to address climate issues, as the country works to promote COP 26, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, to be held in Glasgow, in United Kingdom, still in November this year.
According to information from the newspaper Folha de São Paulo, the UK seeks a Brazilian Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) update. The version presented in 2020 by the Bolsonaro government, which pointed out that Brazil could only reach climate neutrality in 2060, was considered insufficient by the country. In April, during the Climate Leaders Summit in the United States, Bolsonaro stated that he would advance the goal to 2050.
Commerce and OECD
If on the British side, the main interest at the meeting is climate issues, on the Bolsonaro government’s side, the issue at hand is the United Kingdom’s support for Brazil’s entry into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and trade possibilities open post-Brexit.
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In October, there will be a meeting between members of the organization to discuss the entry of new members. The Bolsonaro government hopes the United Kingdom is in favor of Brazilian entry. Expectations are high, as the UK ambassador to Brazil, Peter Wilson, has already demonstrated support for the country during the official launch of the OECD report on the governance of Brazilian state-owned companies.
Resistance to Brazil, however, is the Bolsonaro government’s Achilles heel: its environmental policy. In an OECD report of July this year, released by UOL, showed that Brazil needs to undergo profound changes if it really wants to enter the organization. Of the 48 requirements analyzed, 60% were considered totally or partially out of line with the legal instruments of the OECD.
“Brazil has not been able to correct problems with environmental impact assessment or strengthen the integration of environmental considerations into public policies and plans. Gaps remain in the implementation of the polluter pays principle, integrated pollution prevention and control, and environmental performance of public facilities “, assessed the organization in the report.
Edition: Vivian Virissimo