A new study has revealed that Indigenous Americans are dying at twice the rate of white Americans and faster than any other community in the country amid mass vaccination campaigns.
One in 475 Indigenous Americans has died since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that there 210.6 Indigenous deaths per 100,000 American deaths, according to the data from the Color of Coronavirus project by the APM Research Lab.
Meanwhile, one in 825 White Americans has died, meaning that there are 120.9 White American deaths per 100,000 American deaths.
“Not only do Native people have the highest rate of COVID deaths, the rate is accelerating and the disparities with other groups are widening. This latest data is terrible in every way for Indigenous Americans,” APM Research Lab Senior Analyst Andi Egbert told British newspaper The Guardian.
However, many states have failed to include racial information in reports on the pandemic, making the data incomplete, which means that the actual death toll could be significantly higher.
“The structural racism in the data collection systems makes us invisible by hiding deaths, which perpetuates inequalities and leads to further deaths in our communities, as this information is used to allocate resources,” Seattle Indian Health Board Chief Research Officer Abigail Echo-Hawk told The Guardian.
“The maze of missing data is part of the genocide that continues to be perpetrated against our people. Their final stories are being lost,” Echo-Hawk also said.
The new findings come amid the nationwide administration of COVID-19 vaccinations, including on the Indigenous population, with the Indian Health Service distributing 290,900 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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