FILE PHOTO: A pregnant woman receives a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier/File Photo
First, we were told to get vaccinated to protect ourselves and those around us from becoming infected with COVID. Individuals who bravely accepted the emergency-approved jab were told they could ditch the mask. After millions were forced to accept the jab as a condition of employment, reports began to surface of “fully vaccinated” Americans testing positive for COVID and of asymptomatic individuals spreading COVID as well.
The number of breakthrough cases continues to rise.
Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb discussed breakthrough cases during a recent interview where he suggested that the US is not doing a good job of tracking breakthrough COVID cases in America.
Last week, in his efforts to push for “fully-vaccinated” individuals to get the booster, Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” suggested the number of breakthrough COVID are higher than what is currently being reported in the United States. Dr. Gottlieb told the hosts the U.S. is undercounting the number of COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated.
“At this point, I think we need to accept that there’s a lot of breakthrough infections happening, particularly people who are out a significant portion of time from their original vaccination,” Gottlieb said. He explained, “There’s going to be retrospective studies that identify this, but we’re not doing a good job of tracking this in real-time.”
WSJ is now reporting that state reporting is inconsistent but collectively shows there have been more than 1.89 million cases and at least 72,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 deaths among fully vaccinated people in the U.S. this year, the Journal found.
WebMD – Because the CDC doesn’t publish a raw tally of breakthrough cases, Journal reporters examined medical data of 21 million fully vaccinated people and state reports to reach its conclusions, often using data from private firms.
For instance, fully vaccinated people with diabetes, chronic lung disease, and chronic kidney disease were about twice as likely to be hospitalized with breakthrough COVID as vaccinated people without these conditions, The Journal said, citing a data aggregation firm, Truveta Inc., that accessed medical records of 1.7 million fully vaccinated people. Not all breakthrough cases result in hospitalization, but some conditions make it more likely. Among breakthrough patients with chronic kidney disease, a quarter of them were hospitalized, Truveta said. In comparison, among fully vaccinated people without underlying conditions, only 7.5% of breakthrough cases resulted in hospitalization, The Journal said. The elderly are especially vulnerable to breakthrough cases because old age weakens a person’s immune system.
About 80% of deaths in breakthrough cases are in people 65 and older, The Journal reported, citing data from the Epic Health Research Network. Epic analyzed data from the medical-record software company Epic Systems Corp.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a breakthrough case as occurring when a person tests positive at least two weeks after becoming fully vaccinated.