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ND Native Americans Will Not Be Test Subjects For Vaccine Trials


August 13, 2020

I love a good conspiracy theory - especially the ones that are all over the interwebs these days. But while some seemingly outrageous conspiracy theories have turned out to be true, many can be disproved. For instance: North Dakota Native Americans will not be guinea pigs for COVID-19 vaccinations.

This week, I saw a screenshot from a Grand Forks Herald story that said that federal agencies "are interested in forming plans for vaccine distribution on Native American reservations, of which the state has five. The program is solely intended to figure out the logistics of distributing a vaccine if one becomes available..." The story also says that this does not involve clinical trials. Get the Grand Forks Herald story here.

Well, that screenshot had people concerned what this could mean for Native Americans in North Dakota. Like, are they trying to wipe out Native Americans? Though this isn't necessarily a far-fetched idea (yes, genocide DOES happen), NO, the government IS NOT trying to wipe them out.

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