US pharmacist jailed for 3 years after tampering with Moderna Covid-19 vaccines

  • A
    US pharmacist was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to
    tampering with hundreds of Moderna coronavirus vaccines.
  • He
    was also ordered to pay $83 800 in compensation to the Wisconsin hospital where
    he worked.
  • He
    had expressed skeptical views about vaccines and specifically the Moderna
    vaccine.

Washington
– A US pharmacist has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to
tampering with hundreds of Moderna coronavirus vaccines, the Justice Department
said on Tuesday.

Steven
R. Brandenburg, 46, “purposefully removed” vaccine vials from their
refrigerator unit even though they must be stored at a certain temperature
until used, court documents said.

The
pharmacist was also ordered to pay $83 800 in compensation to the Wisconsin
hospital where he worked.

He
removed the vials on two overnight shifts in December, leaving them outside for
hours before returning them to be used on recipients the following day.

A
total of 57 people received vaccines with the vials that Brandenburg had
tampered with, the Justice Department statement said.

Brian Boynton, acting assistant
attorney general of the department’s Civil Division, said:

The purposeful attempt to spoil vaccine doses during a national public health emergency is a serious crime.

Brandenburg
had expressed skeptical views about vaccines and specifically the Moderna
vaccine, according to his plea agreement.

Moderna
vaccines must be stored at standard refrigerator temperatures.

More
than 124 million doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered in the US.

The
two-shot regime is around 90% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 and 95%
effective against severe disease.





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