USA: At least 125,000 vaccine breakthrough infections, 1,400 dead

At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive for Covid and 1,400 of those have died, according to data collected by NBC News.  The total number of breakthrough cases is likely higher than 125,683, since nine states, including Pennsylvania and Missouri, did not provide any information, while 11, like Florida, did not provide death and hospitalization totals. Four states gave death and hospitalization numbers, but not the full tally of cases.

NBC report

 

WAPO: 35,000 symptomatic Covid-19 infections per week among 162 million vaccinated Americans

Rhode Island: 290 #coronavirus vaccine breakthrough cases reported, three dead and 20 hospitalized

Nearly 300 Rhode Islanders have tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated against the virus — a total that state public-health officials consider a positive sign of the vaccines’ effectiveness.  Three of the state’s 290 post-vaccination positive cases died and 20 were hospitalized, the state Department of Health said Tuesday.

The 290 “breakthrough” infections, as post-vaccine cases are known, came out of 212,060 people who received their final shot 14 days ago, representing about 0.13% of that group. 

Providence Journal report

 

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Detection of 54 cases of the P.1 variant in Massachusetts in less than a month

All three global VoCs (B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1) have now been detected in MA. However, unlike B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, P.1 has shown a rapid rise in frequency in the few weeks following its first detection on March 16th, 2021.  Phylogenetic analysis of these 54 P.1 genomes from MA, alongside four additional P.1 genomes from neighbouring states (two from Connecticut (CT) and one each from Maine (ME) and Rhode Island (RI)) and 895 other global P.1 sequences from GISAID, 6 1 suggests at least six introductions of P.1 into MA and at least eight introductions of P.1 into the New England region, likely from both international and domestic sources.

Virological.org preprint  – Detection of a large cluster and multiple introductions of the P.1 SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern in Massachusetts

 

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