Over 4000 people have been hospitalized or died from COVID-19 “breakthrough” cases according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The agency provided an update which stated that 4,115 people have been hospitalized or have died from COVID-19 – despite having been fully vaccinated.
The total number of individuals who have died from COVID-19 after being vaccinated is 750, according to the agency.
It noted that 76 percent of hospitalizations and deaths from breakthrough cases occurred among individuals over the age of 65.
“As of June 21, 2021, more than 150 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” said the agency in its June 25 update. “During the same time, CDC received reports from 47 U.S. states and territories of 4,115 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.”
Federal health officials, however, have downplayed the new data as they continue to push vaccines on healthy Americans, saying they anticipated such breakthrough cases, illnesses and deaths.
“To be expected,” Dr. Paul Offit, a top advisor to the Food and Drug Administration on children’s vaccines, told CNBC on June 25. “The vaccines aren’t 100 percent effective, even against severe disease. Very small percentage of the 600,000 deaths.”
On May 1, the CDC conveniently announced they were no longer going to be counting all breakthrough cases, and would instead only report on those that led to hospitalization or death.
The CDC update comes as Israeli officials said last week that during a recent outbreak of COVID-19, about half of the adults infected in the recent outbreak were fully vaccinated.
Ran Balicer, who leads an expert advisory panel for the Israeli government, in announcing the finding on June 25, said that the country might end up in lockdown again. Balicer and other officials said that 90 percent of the new cases were caused by the “Delta” COVID-19 variant.
“The entrance of the Delta variant has changed the transition dynamics,” he told The Wall Street Journal.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported last week that nearly 4,000 people who were fully vaccinated have tested positive for the virus.
“We’re learning that many of the breakthrough infections are asymptomatic, or they’re very mild and brief in duration,” Boston University infectious diseases specialist Davidson Hamer said, according to local media. “The viral load is not very high.”
Hamer also downplayed the breakthrough infections, saying they’re to be expected.
“Breakthroughs are expected, and we need to better understand who’s at risk and whether people who have a breakthrough can transmit the virus to others,” Hamer said. “In some cases, they’ll be shedding such low levels of the virus and won’t be transmitting to others.”
Meanwhile, there may be bigger issues stemming from the vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a warning about the risk of developing heart inflammation after receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
The FDA announced earlier this month that it would add the warning after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had reported that more cases of heart inflammation — either myocarditis or pericarditis — were found in young adults and children after they received the vaccines, which use mRNA technology.
Author: Marcus Gleery