De Blasio Says Covid Vaccinations Required at UN General Assembly

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that he reached out to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres two weeks ago and let him know the city’s vaccination requirements would apply to world leaders at next week’s General Assembly meeting.

The mayor said he understands the U.N. has its own rules and own jurisdiction but it was important to have “continuity” of the city’s vaccination rules to protect the progress the New York City has made in confronting the coronavirus. He said Guterres has been very cooperative and understanding.

De Blaiso also responded to objections from Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia about the requirement, saying, “If the Russian ambassador is against it, I’m for it.”

“I have no words for Vladimir Putin and everything else that’s come out of Russia but they’ve invalidated themselves in so many ways, including trying to disrupt our elections,” he said.

Among Nebenzia’s objections was the city’s rule that only World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccines would be accepted, which would not include Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.

“If their vaccine isn’t good enough then they should go and use one of the other vaccines. And that’s what we’re making available,” de Blasio said Thursday. “Anyone who is not yet vaccinated can get vaccinated. Anyone who has had a non-approved vaccine can get one of the ones that we’re using here that are effective.”

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