A US federal judge has sentenced Wisconsin pharmacist Steven Brandenburg to three years in prison for intentionally trying to spoil hundreds of vaccines of coronavirus, local media reported this Wednesday.
The man acknowledged that he was a skeptic of drugs.
The case carried out by this professional caused a commotion at the beginning of the year at the beginning of the vaccination program against coronavirus and when the United States was registering a high number of infections and deaths from the pandemic.
Brandenburg, a pharmacist practicing in the city of Grafton, removed hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine from the refrigerators of the medical center where he worked with the intention of ruining its effectiveness, according to his own plea that he signed in January, when it was discovered The event.
The 46-year-old defendant was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in prison followed by three years of probation. He was also ordered to pay approximately $ 83,800 in compensation to the affected hospital, from the Advocate Aurora Health group.
Brandenburg came to recognize that he is a skeptic of vaccines, according to his guilty plea, and he had repeatedly communicated this to his co-workers during the last two years.
In addition, he had specific doubts about the vaccine manufactured by the Moderna pharmaceutical company.
The professional worked nights and during a series of shifts left the vaccines for hours at room temperature before returning them to the refrigerator for use in the hospital the next day.
Fifty-seven patients received injections of the vaccine that Brandenburg tried to sabotage, before officials discovered his actions and intervened.
Aurora Medical employees said during the process that those doses of the vaccine were believed to be completely effective, even though they were not refrigerated according to standard procedures.