June 8 (Reuters) – A Wisconsin pharmacist who pleaded guilty to trying to spoil hundreds of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine because he was skeptical of them was jailed for three years, said Tuesday the US Department of Justice.
Steven R. Brandenburg, 46, was also ordered to pay around $ 83,800 in compensation to the hospital he worked in, according to a statement https://www.justice.gov/usao-edwi/pr/hospital- pharmacist-sentenced- tries to spoil hundreds of doses of covid vaccine Tuesday from the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Brandenburg had agreed to plead guilty to two counts of attempted falsification of consumer products with reckless disregard of the risk that another person would be in danger of death or bodily harm.
Court documents have shown that he deliberately removed a box of COVID-19 vaccine vials from a hospital refrigeration unit during two successive night shifts in December of last year, the ministry said. of Justice in its press release.
Brandenburg was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine in particular, and has communicated his beliefs to colleagues for at least the past two years, he said.
Moderna’s vaccine should be stored and shipped frozen, but does not require ultra-cold temperatures and can be stored for 30 days in standard temperature refrigerators. (Report by Derek Francis in Bengaluru, edited by Robert Birsel)