Court documents said that Brandenburg not only admitted tampering with the vaccine doses, but also admitted that the vaccine would mutate the recipients’ DNA. “According to the objection agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine in particular,” the department said on Tuesday. “Brandenburg had shared its beliefs about vaccines with its employees for at least the past two years.”
Brandenburg was initially arrested and released on suspicion of reckless endangerment for removing dozens of vials containing the coronavirus vaccine from a pharmacy refrigerator on December 31. A hospital investigation found that he had destroyed more than 500 cans. NBC News reported.
Hospital officials said at least 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine were omitted, with each vial containing approximately 10 doses of the vaccine. Police officers found the damage caused “was estimated at $ 8,000 to $ 11,000”.
“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed,” said the hospital in a statement after Brandenburg had given notice that it admitted to having taken the vaccine out of the refrigerator on purpose. “This was a violation of our core values.”
The Moderna vaccine has a 12 hour window after thawing. As a result, most of the cans had to be discarded. However, more than 50 doses of the vaccine were given before the hospital was warned they had already been thawed once, NBC News reported. These 50 doses were made ineffective.
Brandenburg took the vials out of the refrigerator not only for three hours on December 24, but also for nine hours the next day. His thought process, he told a detective, was that the vaccine would be ineffective because it must be stored at certain temperatures. As a result of his actions, not only was Brandenburg arrested and released, but also his license suspended by the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Boardand makes him unable to practice in a pharmacy in the state.
A trial has not yet been scheduled.
“The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is critical to overcoming this pandemic that continues to kill lives and revitalize our economy,” Krueger said on Tuesday. From this report CDC data states that more than 23.5 million doses of the vaccine have been administered nationwide. First deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine were released on December 14th and approximately 3.4 million people have since received the full two doses.
The Biden administration has announced efforts to speed up distribution and buy more cans.