No vaccine is 100% effective

The Los Angeles Times reports on an 80 year old clinical psychologist who contracted COVID one month after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and died in intensive care. Because he had been vaccinated, his doctors did not think to test him for the virus until he was hospitalized. The CDC estimates that less than .008% of those fully vaccinated have gotten infected with COVID of whom about 1% have died. Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley, urges people to keep this report in perspective saying “No suit of armor is 100% effective,” and the chances of getting struck by lightening are higher than this. The article discusses and links to several studies of breakthrough infections, and some of the research questions being pursued about why breakthrough infections occurred and if there are commonalities in people for whom the vaccine was not effective.

View article LA Times, “Scientists scramble to see why, in rare cases, even the vaccinated can get COVID-19”

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