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Newly obtained files show U.S. officials knew of more than five million COVID-19 cases in the vaccinated.

A man is given a COVID-19 vaccine in Chelsea, Mass., on Feb. 16, 2021. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

Zachary Stieber

More than five million COVID-19 cases occurred in vaccinated people in 2021, according to U.S. government files obtained by The Epoch Times.

One million vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19 by September 2021, and another four million tested positive by the end of the year, according to the internal files.

While so-called breakthrough cases are already a known phenomenon—starting within days of the first shots being rolled out—the files, obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show the amount of vaccine failure was much higher than previously known.

The CDC did not respond to a request for comment.

Some Cases Disclosed

The CDC publicly disclosed numbers of breakthrough cases in early 2021. The public health agency said that 10,262 cases were identified through April 30 of that year. But after that, the CDC stopped listing many of the cases.

“CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections to investigating only those among patients who are hospitalized or die, thereby focusing on the cases of highest clinical and public health significance,” the agency said at the time.

The new files show that many of the breakthrough cases happened among the “fully vaccinated,” or people who tested positive at least 14 days after completing a primary series. Approximately 4.5 million cases came among that population, including more than half a million in September 2021 alone.

The CDC quietly posted the data online in October 2022. The CDC says data come from 32 jurisdictions, including Arkansas, California, and New York City.

Another 883,222 cases were identified among the “partially vaccinated,” or people who received at least one shot but did not meet the definition of fully vaccinated.

The cases among the partially vaccinated were never posted online.

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Some were reported by The Epoch Times in October, but the new files provide cases from nine months in 2021.

Cases among the partially vaccinated that occurred in December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, or March 2021 were not included in the files, which were acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks in Washington on June 16, 2022. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks in Washington on June 16, 2022. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Lack of Clarity



With about 140 million Americans receiving a vaccine through the end of 2021, the data indicate about 3.6 percent of the vaccinated still contracted COVID-19, according to calculations by Dr. Harvey Risch, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.

Because of the CDC’s May 2021 announcement, and it not answering questions about the data, the number of cases is actually presumably higher if it kept only counting cases that led to hospitalization or death, Dr. Risch told The Epoch Times via email.

“The breakthrough case counts were likely much larger than these 3.6% described in the FOIA data,” Dr. Risch said. “It is obvious that breakthrough cases were occurring in substantial numbers even in April 2021, at a time when CDC officials were making public statements that the vaccines completely prevented getting COVID.”

On March 29, 2021, then-CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on television that “vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top adviser to President Joe Biden, said in May 2021 that vaccinated people became “dead ends” for the virus. President Biden said in July 2021 that “If you’re vaccinated, you won’t get COVID-19.”

In April 2021, according to the files, there were 31,754 cases among the fully vaccinated and 104,783 cases among the partially vaccinated.

Cases began spiking in July 2021, when more than 219,000 were recorded among the fully vaccinated. Across all vaccinated people, cumulative case counts eclipsed 500,000 by August 2021 and one million by the following month.

The month with the most cases was December 2021. In that month, 2.7 million cases were identified among the fully vaccinated, and another 266,736 were recorded among the partially vaccinated.

Thanks to theepochtimes.com