- A pharmacist in Wisconsin intentionally removed a bottle of Moderna vaccine from the clinic’s refrigerator.
- Steven Brandenburg brought them back the next day because he believed these things were dangerous.
- He was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday.
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A former Wisconsin pharmacist who intentionally sabotaged 500 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been sentenced to three years in prison, the Justice Department said at a news conference.
Steven Brandenburg, a pharmacist at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, was arrested Dec. 31 after an investigation revealed he had taken 57 vials of vaccine from the clinic’s refrigerator over two overnight shifts that month.
Moderna vaccine must be stored in the refrigerator for it to be effective. Once removed, it must be used within hours.
Brandenburg then returned the bottle to the refrigerator for use the next day.
Brian M. Boynton, Acting Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, said: “A deliberate attempt to destroy vaccine doses during a national public health emergency is a serious crime. “The Justice Department will continue to work with law enforcement to protect these life-saving vaccines.”
Brandenberg said he sabotaged the vaccine because he didn’t think the coronavirus was real and believed the vaccine was dangerous.
in February He pleaded guilty to two counts of trying to meddle in consumer products ignoring the risk of death or bodily injury.
He will also have to pay about $83,800 in compensation to the hospital, the Justice Department said.
WTMJ’s Tony Atkins reports that Brandenburg apologized during his trial.
“I have no right to make this decision,” he said. “I feel terrible for what I have done. I am deeply saddened and ashamed.”