Fast rollout of virus vaccine trials reveals tribal distrust

This photo provided by Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health shows a brochure that was used to provide information about a COVID-19 vaccine trial on the Navajo Nation, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Chinle, Ariz. (Nina Mayer Ritchie/Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health via AP)

WINDOW ROCK (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 266 additional known cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths.

The figures reported late Friday increased the tribe's totals since the pandemic began to 23,429 cases and 813 deaths, officials said in statement.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

The tribe's reservation was under a 57-hour weekend lockdown that began Friday evening and will end Monday at 5 a.m.

The reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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