July 29, 2021 14:28

Wisconsin Pharmacist Charged in COVID Vaccine-Tampering Case

Steven Brandenburg, 46, a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of intentionally trying to spoil hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses last month was charged with attempted criminal damage to property in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday, reports NPR.  The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to nine months of imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. Brandenburg was an employee of the Advocate Aurora Health hospital system in Grafton, Wis., when he allegedly removed more than 550 doses of the Moderna vaccine from cold storage in an effort to render them ineffective. The pharmacist reportedly told investigators that he knew “that people who received the vaccinations would think they had been vaccinated against the virus when in fact they were not. Brandenburg pleaded not guilty at Tuesday’s hearing, according to court records.

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