Stars and Stripes stripes.com 31 Dec, 2020 22:30 am

Wisconsin hospital worker arrested over spoiled vaccine doses

Wisconsin hospital worker arrested over spoiled vaccine doses
Authorities arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist Thursday suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing it from refrigeration for two nights.

Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr told reporters during a teleconference Thursday afternoon that the pharmacist deliberately removed 57 vials that held hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine from refrigeration at a Grafton medical center overnight on Dec.After multiple interviews the pharmacist acknowledged Wednesday that he removed the vaccine deliberately and left it out overnight Dec.25, returned it to the refrigerator at some point and then removed it again overnight Dec.Bahr said the pharmacist initially said that he had removed the vaccine to access other items in the refrigerator and had inadvertently failed to replace it.

Bahr said health system officials grew more suspicious of the pharmacist as they reviewed the incident.Bahr said that means that the doses people received Saturday are all but useless.

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