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WASHINGTON — The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) released a statement Monday commending the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine last week. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) follows the recommendation of its advisory panel’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of the weekend and gives the green-light to the distribution, the Navajo Nation is expected to receive its first dosages sometime next week.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A prominent women’s hospital here has separated some Native American women from their newly born babies, the result of a practice designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 that clinicians and health care ethicists described as racial profiling.

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A panel made up of scientific experts, infectious disease doctors and statisticians, along with industry representatives, formally recommended on Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. With the advisory panel’s blessing, it’s likely that the agency will authorize the vaccine in a matter of days and for some health care workers and nursing homes to receive it by next week. 

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In its latest weekly Covid-19 surveillance summary for the week of Nov. 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the overall Covid-19 hospitalization rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives has now grown to 521 per 100,000 people. This new rate is up from 487.3 for the week of Nov. 14.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened its recommended quarantine guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The CDC, which had recommended a 14-day quarantine since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, now recommends that people who have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 should quarantine for 10 or seven days, depending on test results and symptoms. 

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ATLANTA — Community is a word that looms large culturally among American Indians and Alaska Natives. With the surge of Covid-19 cases in the United States once again, everyone should be taking precautions to protect the health and safety of one’s self, family, friends and community.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —  On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health issued a Health Advisory Notice to warn residents of the “uncontrolled spread” of COVID-19 in 34 communities on the Navajo Nation. 

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Jody was close to achieving her dream of becoming a writer. A member of the Muckleshoot Tribe, she had gone from living on the streets of nearby Seattle as a teen to nearly finishing a creative writing degree, and had plans to get her master’s degree at New York University. But debilitating back pain caused by an injury she sustained as a teenager forced her to drop out of school, just a handful of credits shy of her bachelor’s degree.

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Lummi Public Health Department has submitted an application to participate in a Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial, a move that is the first step in determining whether the tribe will enroll in the trial.