One of the slides states that there is a higher risk among older age groups for hospitalization and death relative to younger people, regardless of vaccination status.
Another estimates that there are 35,000 symptomatic infections per week among 162 million vaccinated Americans.
“You don’t, when you’re a public health official, want to be saying, ‘Trust us, we know, we can’t tell you how,’” Jamieson said. “The scientific norm suggests that when you make a statement based on science, you show the science. … And the second mistake is they do not appear to be candid about the extent to which breakthroughs are yielding hospitalizations.”