A former pharmacist in Wisconsin who purposefully ruined greater than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been sentenced to 3 years in jail
Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, pleaded responsible in February to 2 felony counts of trying to tamper with a client product. He had admitted to deliberately eradicating the doses manufactured by Moderna from a fridge for hours at Aurora Medical Middle in Grafton, positioned simply north of Milwaukee.
In an announcement earlier than receiving his sentence, Brandenburg stated he felt “nice disgrace” and accepted accountability for his actions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported he apologized to his co-workers, household and the neighborhood.
Aurora destroyed many of the tampered doses, however not earlier than 57 individuals acquired inoculations from the availability. These doses are believed to have nonetheless been efficient, however weeks of uncertainty created a storm of anger, anxiousness and anguish among the many recipients, based on courtroom paperwork.
Prosecutors requested for a sentence of three years and 5 months. Brandenburg confronted a most penalty of 10 years of imprisonment at $250,000 in fines for every felony rely.
Brandenburg additionally secretly substituted saline for flu vaccine that he was mandated to obtain and persuaded a number of co-workers to secretly swap saline for his or her flu vaccine as properly, based on courtroom filings.