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Vaccine Rollout ‘War Against Time’ for Amazon Indigenous Groups

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Indigenous leaders in the Amazon rainforest urged governments on Tuesday, January 26th, to ensure vaccine rollouts reach all tribal communities as a devastating new wave of COVID-19 overwhelms the region’s health systems.

Jose Gregorio Diaz, who heads the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA), said his people faced a “health emergency” and urgently need vaccines.

“We’re concerned that the indigenous peoples that make up the entire Amazon basin are not included in vaccination plans,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a webinar . . .

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