US pharmacist who destroyed vaccines comes up with bizarre claim
An American pharmacist who allegedly destroyed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses last month was an “admitted conspiracy theorist” and believed in a baseless rumor about their safety, authorities have said.
Steven Brandenburg removed 57 vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, each containing approximately 10 doses, from the freezer at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, in an attempt to destroy them. Belief – err – that they are dangerous and can change. human DNA.
The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are based on mRNA technology that transmits biological information to the human body to help develop a vaccine against coronavirus. Experts say there is no evidence that they alter human DNA, and that millions of people have used this vaccine.
They need less heat and cold for storage and can cause damage or other damage, which is what Brandenburg has tried twice, the plaintiff was convicted on Monday when his first court appearance appeared.
“His goal … was to weaken them because he created this belief that they were not safe, that RNA’s production of these drugs made them unsafe,” he said. Ozaukee County County Attorney said during the hearing.
Brandenburg initially told hospital officials that the vaccines were not released by accident, but later admitted he removed them for the purpose.
The 46-year-old also confessed to injecting the vaccine, which was later administered to 57 people, the hospital doctor said.
People have been warned and there is no evidence that the inert reaction caused them harm, according to the hospital office.
He was fired and hospitalized by police, including the FBI. He was arrested last Thursday.
“Brandenburg, a recognized conspiracy theorist, told investigators that he believed the Covid-19 vaccine was not safe for humans and that it could harm them and alter their DNA,” according to a probable causal statement from police. published by local media.
The prosecutor said his charges could be downgraded if they found the vaccines could still be used.
He also told authorities that he was also under stress due to the ongoing divorce proceedings with his wife, who according to local media filed the guardianship of their two children.
“He told me that if I did not understand by now that … the world around us was collapsing, I would be denied,” she was quoted as saying by The New York Times.
“He went on to say that the government is planning cyber attacks and intends to shut down the power grid.”
Brandenburg was released on bail and ordered to surrender his firearms.
Grassless conspiracy theories about the pandemic, especially vaccines, have been rampant on social media despite efforts by technology giants to counter them.
Authorities and experts said such misinformation posed a serious threat to the virus by promoting the vaccine’s hesitation and even its rejection.