Yes, it’s time for the UN General Assembly.
As my colleague Rick Gladstone explains, more than 100 foreign leaders and other high-ranking representatives are planning to give a speech at a rally that is clearly different from last year’s full virtual session. increase. Pandemic concerns will shape the plan and become the subject of some speeches. President Biden is expected to promote a global program for vaccine-producing countries to direct higher doses to those in need. White House officials hope to bring new urgency to vaccine diplomacy when the UN-backed vaccine program Covax is delayed.
Diplomats have to deal with pandemics as well as talk about them. Everyone entering the UN Complex on First Avenue is required to wear a mask. And everyone should have been vaccinated or had a recent Covid-19 test (results are negative). Last week, US Ambassador to the United States Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the measure was intended to ensure that the General Assembly “will not be a superspreading event.”
However, how vaccine or testing requirements are implemented remains an open question. UN officials said VIPs would enter the honor system.
What does Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro say, assuming he arrives on time for his first speech on Tuesday? He was skeptical of the vaccine and dismissed the coronavirus as a “slight cold” early in the pandemic and was later reprimanded by the judge for not wearing a mask at an outdoor event.
If Bolsonaro changes his mind about vaccination, or if a simple test is needed, a municipal mobile test track will be placed outside the United Nations. One dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, it takes weeks for immunity to build, so anyone who gets inside after being shot can spread Covid-19.
Regarding traffic, police warned about road closures, detours, and checkpoints on the East Side from 42nd Street to 57th Street until the end of the month.However, in cities where bicycles are becoming more and more part of the cityscape, they are accessible by bicycle along First Avenue and Second Avenue. Unrestricted..
Understand Vaccine and Mask Obligations in the United States
- Vaccine rules.. On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of Pfizer BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people over the age of 16 paving the way for increased obligations in both the public and private sectors. rice field. Private companies are increasingly requiring employees to vaccinate. Such obligations are legally permitted and are upheld in court opposition.
- Mask rule.. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July masked indoor public places in areas where outbreaks are occurring, which is the opposite of the guidance provided in May by all Americans, regardless of vaccination status. It was recommended to wear. Find out where the CDC guidance applies and where the state has developed its own mask policy. In some states, the fight over masks is controversial, and some local leaders oppose the state’s ban.
- University. More than 400 universities require students to be vaccinated with Covid-19. Almost all are in the states that voted for President Biden.
- school.. Both California and New York City have introduced vaccine obligations to their education staff. According to a survey released in August, many American parents with school-age children oppose the vaccines required for their students, but mask obligations for students, teachers, and staff who do not have shots. Was in favor of.
- Hospitals and medical centers.. Many hospitals and major healthcare systems require employees to be vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. This is due to the increased number of cases caused by the Delta variant and the low stubborn vaccination rate in the community, even within employees.
- New York City.. Indoor meals, gymnasiums, performances and other indoor situations require proof of vaccination for workers and customers, but enforcement will not begin until September 13. Teachers and other educational workers in the city’s vast school system must be vaccinated with at least one vaccine. Administered by September 27, without weekly test options. Municipal hospital workers also need to be vaccinated or have weekly tests. Employees in New York have similar rules.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon has announced that it will mandate coronavirus vaccination of 1.3 million active troops in the country by mid-September. President Biden has announced that all private federal personnel must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or subject to regular inspections, social distances, mask requirements, and most travel restrictions.
Eighteen months after the pandemic broke out, the concept of gridlock around the United Nations had a futuristic nature, as it did in September 2019, when the General Assembly last met in person. This time, Mercedes Meibach and Cadillac are lined up outside a diplomatic mission near the United Nations — a super-sized limousine that took diplomats to meetings, lunches, cocktail parties, and dinners.