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Marcelo Queiroga

Brazil's health minister tests positive for Covid-19 in NYC

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Published on September 23, 2021 3:44 AM
The Health Minister was the second member of the Brazilian delegation in New York to have tested positive. A young diplomat who was part of an advance team preparing Bolsonaro's visit tested positive on the weekend and was isolated. On a trip to the US to meet former US president Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate last year, 22 members of Bolsonaro’s delegation caught the coronavirus in the worst case of transmission in a government that ignored precautions.
BRASILIA - Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday (Sept 21), the government said.

Dr Queiroga will remain in New York in quarantine, the government's communications office said.

"The minister is doing well," the statement said. It added that the rest of the delegation tested negative for the virus.

Dr Queiroga told CNN Brazil that he had worn a mask the entire time that he was in the UN building.

Bolsonaro, a vaccine sceptic, defied UN rules that asked all those attending the assembly to be vaccinated. He has bragged about not getting vaccinated.

In his speech to world leaders at a meeting where the global coronavirus pandemic was top of the agenda, Bolsonaro said his government did not support the use of a vaccine passport and stood by treatment of the virus with unproven drugs such as the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine.

He said Brazil's vaccination campaign against Covid-19 had been successful and that all adults who wanted a vaccine would be fully inoculated by November...

Marcelo Queiroga

Marcelo Antônio Cartaxo Queiroga Lopes is a Brazilian cardiologist, who is serving as Minister of Health of Brazil, from 23 March 2021 after being appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro to replace outgoing Minister Eduardo Pazuello. Queiroga is the fourth Minister of Health since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Education and early career
Born on 1 December 1963 in the city of João Pessoa, Queiroga holds a degree in medicine from Federal University of Paraíba . He completed his medical residency at the Hospital Adventista Silvestre and the Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa . In 2010, he completed an doctorate in bioethics at the University of Porto.

He is currently Director of the Department of Hemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology at Hospital Alberto Urquiza Wanderley and interventional cardiologist at Hospital Metropolitano Dom José Maria Pires, both in the state of Paraíba. He also served as a Director of the Brazilian Society of Hemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology between 2012 and 2013. He is a member of the Regional Council of Medicine of the state of Paraíba.

Queiroga currently is serving as president of Brazilian Society of Cardiology .

Minister of Health
Queiroga was appointed Minister of Health on 16 March 2021 to succeed outgoing minister Eduardo Pazuello, who served as a minister since April 2020.