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Kroidl, Inge; Mecklenburg, Ingo; Schneiderat, Peter; Mueller, Katharina; Girl, Philipp; Woelfel, Roman; Sing, Andreas; Dangel, Alexandra; Wieser, Andreas and Hoelscher, Michael (2021): Vaccine breakthrough infection and onward transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Beta (B.1.351) variant, Bavaria, Germany, February to March 2021. In: Eurosurveillance, Vol. 26, No. 30

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A breakthrough infection occurred in a fully Comirnaty (BNT162b2) vaccinated healthcare worker with high levels of neutralising antibodies with the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.351 (Beta) variant in February 2021. The infection was subsequently transmitted to their unvaccinated spouse. Sequencing revealed an identical virus in both spouses, with a match of all nine single nucleotide polymorphisms typical for B.1.351. To the best of our knowledge, no transmission of any variant of SARS-CoV-2 from a fully vaccinated person has been described before.

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