Coronavirus

Brazil vaccinating indigenous communities at a snail’s pace

Indigenous people were included among Brazil's vaccine priority groups, but they are receiving immunization at a much slower pace

Vaccination in indigenous community in Amapá, northern Brazil. Photo: Alex Pazuello/Semcom
Vaccination in indigenous community in Amapá, northern Brazil. Photo: Alex Pazuello/Semcom

Ever since Covid-19 arrived in Brazil, anthropologists and health specialists have warned of the risk of the virus reaching indigenous communities, alerting that the pandemic could decimate Brazil’s native population. Quickly, the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to carry out efficient measures to protect indigenous communities. However, a year later, the current situation is devastating.

As of this week, 1,021 indigenous people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil, out of a total of 51,179 cases.

At least 620 of these citizens lost their lives while in their protected ancestral lands — territories which...

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