Man sentenced to 3 years in prison after trying to spoil box of COVID vaccines
GRAFTON, Wis.— A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three years in prison after he intentionally spoiled a box of COVID-19 vaccines.
46-year-old Steven R. Brandenburg plead guilty in February to “attempting to tamper with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury”, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
Bradenburg left a box of Moderna vaccines vials twice during his overnight shifts in December of 2020. The vaccine doses must be stored at a specific cold temperature to remain effective, according to officials. After he left the doses out all night, he put them back in the refrigerator to be used at the vaccine clinic.
57 people received their vaccine doses from the box that Brandenburg tampered with.
Bradenburg told his coworkers that he was “skeptical” of vaccines, specifically the Moderna vaccine.
“The FDA has ensured that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine meets the agency’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality,” said Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Investigations Catherine A. Hermsen of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Those who knowingly tamper with this vaccine place American patients’ health at risk. Today’s announcement should serve as a reminder that this kind of illicit tampering activity will not be tolerated.”
Bradenburg will have to serve three years of parol after his prison jail time. He will also have to pay $83,800 in restitution to the hospital.
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