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Lummi Nation Withdraws From AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Trial


October 19, 2020

The Lummi Nation has decided to withdraw from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial, citing communication problems with the drug company. (NPR)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Lummi Nation, which made headlines in September for being among the first tribes nationwide to participate in coronavirus vaccination trials, has pulled out of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial. The announcement was made by the Lummi Indian Business Council.

Lummi Nation doctors noted ongoing communication problems with AstraZeneca representatives as a primary factor in the tribe's decision to withdraw from the trial, according to a press release. The British multinational drug company has also placed the trial on hold while it "assesses adverse reactions experienced by some trial volunteers."

"We will continue to look for ways to protect our people from this virus," said Lawrence Solomon, Chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council, in a press release. "But after consultation with the Lummi Public Health Department, it was clear that the AstraZeneca vaccine trial was not a good fit."


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