Great Britain

Boris Johnson tells jab-sceptic Brazilian President to get 'great' AstraZeneca vaccine

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Boris Johnson, 57, held a maskless meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, 66, at the United Nations event in New York. While chatting to the South American populist in the city of his birth, the Prime Minister was videoed promoting the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mr Bolsonaro.

After describing COVID-19 as a "bummer", Mr Johnson said: "We are working together on the vaccines.

"It's a great vaccine.

"I have actually had AstraZeneca."

Even when organisers were trying to wrap up the press huddle at the meeting, the Prime Minister channelled his inner Churchillian spirit as he raised two fingers to indicate he had been inoculated with two doses of the Anglo-Swedish jab.

JUST IN: Boris Johnson says Brexit Britain won’t get quick US deal - Rather one 'that really works'

Boris Johnson tells jab-sceptic Brazilian President to get 'great' AstraZeneca vaccine

Boris Johnson tells jab-sceptic Brazilian President to get 'great' AstraZeneca vaccine (Image: Getty)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured) (Image: Getty)

"Thanks everybody, get AstraZeneca vaccines," he added.

The Brazilian President responded by waving his finger to suggest he has "not yet" received a coronavirus vaccine.

The populist far-right leader of Brazil has recently claimed he does not need to be vaccinated as he obtained natural Covid antibodies after contracting the virus in 2020.

Bolsonaro has also suggested jabs can turn people into crocodiles.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

Almost 600,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19.

Mr Johnson, who had also contracted the virus last year, received his second dose of the vaccine in June.

Number 10 has released a read-out from Johnson's discussion with Bolsonaro.

The UK Government website reads: "The Prime Minister underlined the importance of vaccines as our best tool to fight the virus and save lives around the world, and emphasised the important role the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has played in the UK, Brazil and elsewhere."

DON'T MISS:
EU shamed by 'bigger, tougher' UK and US after Australia defence pact [REVEAL]
Boris's submarine deal 'not behind France's back' [COMMENT]
Labour politicians shamed after calling for abolition of monarchy [REVEAL]

Almost 600,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19.

Almost 600,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19. (Image: Getty)

The statement also suggests Johnson and the Brazilian President talked about how South America will respond to climate change.

Mr Bolsonaro election victory in 2018 ended the centre-left's 20-years in power.

The far-right populist candidate for the Partido Social Liberal is next up for re-election in 2022.

Recent opinion polls suggest Bolsonaro would finish in a distant second behind the Workers' Party nominee and former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva if an election was held today.

Football news:

Gasperini on 2:3 with Manchester United: They have enough spark in such an environment to get started. I don't know if Atalanta could have done more
Sulscher on 3-2 with Atalanta: Manchester United have a tradition of turning over matches. We believed in ourselves
The Premier League clubs have won all 4 Champions League matches this week. Spanish teams have 10 points in 5 matches, Italian teams have 6 points in 4 games, Bundesliga clubs have 1 win and 3 losses
Maguire on Ronaldo Atalanta's winning goal: We see them every day in training. An important goal
Thomas Tuchel: Lukaku has a dislocated ankle, Werner has a hip injury
Ronaldo scored twice from a free kick in the game with Atalanta: past the goal and into the opponent
Bruno Fernandes made an assist in the 4th match of Manchester United in a row