Top Vaccines Vulnerable to 'Breakthrough' Infections

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    July 22, 2021 10:52

    So-called "breakthrough" infections of coronavirus are still occurring among fully vaccinated people. The government on Wednesday said there were 647 breakthrough infections as of July 19 or about 12 out of every 100,000 fully vaccinated people.

    But the questions is less whether people get infected and more whether they become seriously ill as a result despite being protected by the vaccine, and that has not been confirmed.

    A man leaves a vaccination center in Seoul on Tuesday. /Newsis

    Numbers are too small in Korea to draw any useful conclusions, but so far the breakthrough infection rate for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine translates into 32 out of every 100,000 people, 14.1 for the AstraZeneca vaccine and 4.4 people for the Pfizer vaccine.

    And the reason Johnson & Johnson numbers are so high seems to be that it has only been given to young people here, mostly soldiers and military reservists, according to experts.

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