An estimated 5,800 ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 infections reported among 77 million people who are fully vaccinated
The Moderna logo is seen at the company's campus in Norwood, Massachusetts, on Dec. 2, 2020, where the biotechnology company is mass producing its COVID-19 vaccine. - JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/AFP/TNS

An estimated 5,800 people of the 77 million fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — about 0.0001% — have reported becoming sickened with the fast-spreading disease despite being inoculated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the figures on Thursday, vowing to keep “a close eye” on the so-called “breakthrough infections.” A spokesperson for the agency told NBC News that about 29% of the cases were asymptomatic while only about 7% resulted in hospitalizations, including 74 people who died. So far, slightly more than 40% of the breakthrough infections were in people 60 or older ...