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The arrest marks another setback in what has been a slower, messier start to vaccinate Americans than public health officials had expected. Leaders in Wisconsin and other states have been begging the Trump administration for more doses as health care workers and senior citizens line up for the lifesaving vaccine. Police in Grafton, about 20 miles 32 kilometers north of Milwaukee, said the Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, adulterating a prescription drug and criminal damage to property, all felonies.
The pharmacist has been fired and police said in a news release that he was in jail. Police did not identify the pharmacist, saying he has not yet been formally charged. His motive remains unclear.
Police said that detectives believe he knew the spoiled doses would be useless and people who received them would mistakenly think they'd been vaccinated when they hadn't. Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr told reporters during a teleconference Thursday afternoon that the pharmacist deliberately removed 57 vials that held hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine from refrigeration at a Grafton medical center overnight on Dec.
The vials contained enough doses to inoculate people. A pharmacy technician discovered the vials outside the refrigerator on Saturday morning.
Bahr said the pharmacist initially said that he had removed the vials to access other items in the refrigerator and had inadvertently failed to put them back. The Moderna vaccine is viable for 12 hours outside refrigeration, so workers used the vaccine to inoculate 57 people before discarding the rest.
Bahr said health system officials grew more suspicious of the pharmacist as they reviewed the incident. After multiple interviews, the pharmacist acknowledged Wednesday that he removed the vaccine intentionally over the two nights, Bahr said. That means that the doses people received Saturday are all but useless, he said.
Moderna has told Aurora that there's no safety concerns, but the hospital system is closely monitoring the people who received the spoiled doses, he said.
Bahr declined to comment on the pharmacist's motive. He said the hospital system's security protocols are sound. The state Department of Health Services reported 3, newly confirmed cases on Thursday, marking the third straight day of rising daily infections. The state has now seencases.
A little more than 47, people had been vaccinated in Wisconsin as of Monday morning, according to the latest data from the health agency. The state has been allocateddoses of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. As of Monday morning, only aboutdoses had arrived. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wrote a letter to President Donald Trump earlier in December asking him to prioritize more doses for Wisconsin due to high case s, swamped hospitals and a lack of statewide mitigation mandates. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about.
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