Man arrested for deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of COVID vaccine

A pharmacist at a suburban Milwaukee medical center in the US deliberately removed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses from refrigeration and left them out overnight twice, not just once as officials initially believed, the health system’s chief medical officer said Thursday.

Employees at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton inoculated nearly 60 people with the ruined vaccine, not knowing the doses had been left out too long, rendering their shots less effective or ineffective, Jeff Bahr, chief medical officer for Aurora Advocate Health, told reporters during a teleconference. The recipients shouldn’t be in any danger, he said, but the system is monitoring their conditions.

The pharmacist intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration, Bahr said, but he declined to comment on the individual’s motive, saying the person has been fired and police are investigating. He did not identify the pharmacist and stressed that the facility’s security protocols are sound.

“This was a situation involving a bad actor, as opposed to a bad process,” he said.

Police in Grafton, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Milwaukee, said in a statement that the department, FBI and Food and Drug Administration are “actively” investigating. No arrests have been announced. No one returned messages left at the Grafton department or FDA. Leonard Peace, a spokesman for the FBI’s Milwaukee office, said he could neither confirm nor deny the bureau was involved in an investigation.

Man arrested for deliberately tampering with hundreds of doses of COVID vaccine Credit: Halfpoint Images/Getty Images

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