Steven Brandenburg, (Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP, File)

Covid-19 roundup: Phar­ma­cist who tam­pered with Mod­er­na vac­cines sen­tenced to 3 years in jail; FDA says J&J shelf life may be ex­tend­ed

A Wis­con­sin hos­pi­tal phar­ma­cist who told a judge he was skep­ti­cal of the Covid-19 vac­cines, es­pe­cial­ly Mod­er­na’s, will spend three years in prison af­ter he ad­mit­ted to at­tempt­ing to de­stroy hun­dreds of dos­es that were lat­er ad­min­is­tered to pa­tients.

Steven Bran­den­burg, 46, re­moved a box of Mod­er­na vials from a re­frig­er­a­tion unit at the hos­pi­tal he worked at dur­ing two overnight shifts in De­cem­ber 2020. He left the vac­cines out for sev­er­al hours a night, then re­turned them to the re­frig­er­a­tor to be used at the clin­ic the next day, the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice said, and the vac­cines were ad­min­is­tered to 57 peo­ple be­fore hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees learned about his con­duct.

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