Pharmacist Accused Of Ruining Hundreds Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Plead Guilty

57 Vials Of Vaccine Left Outside Refrigerator For Hours. The Vials Contained Enough Vaccine To Inoculate More Than 500 People

Steven Brandenburg booking photo
A booking photo of Steven Brandenburg provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Port Washington, Wis. Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP Photo

A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine has agreed to plead guilty in federal court.

Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, is charged with two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine on each count.

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Police arrested Brandenburg on Dec. 31 as part of an investigation into how 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine were left for hours outside a refrigerator at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton. The vials contained enough vaccine to inoculate more than 500 people.

Jason Baltz, Brandenburg’s attorney, declined to comment Tuesday to The Associated Press.

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