A state board suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist that was accused of intentionally damaging more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, according to Fox News.
Steven Brandenburg was employed at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles from Milwaukee.
Brandenburg was arrested last month after an investigation into the 57 spoiled vials of the Moderna vaccination.
Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr said Brandenburg admitted that he deliberately removed the vials from refrigeration at the Grafton medical center.
Misinformation regarding the vaccination has been circling the internet.
One of the earliest false claims suggested that the vaccines could alter DNA. The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine as well as the Moderna vaccine rely on messenger RNA or mRNA, which is a fairly new technology used in vaccines that experts have been working on for years.
MRNA vaccines help train the immune system to identify the spike protein on the surface of the coronavirus and create an immune response. Experts have said there is no truth to the claims that the vaccines can genetically modify humans.
From Fox News:
A detective wrote in a probable cause statement that Brandenburg, 46, is an admitted conspiracy theorist and that he told investigators he intentionally tried to ruin the vaccine because it could hurt people by changing their DNA.
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Misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccines has surged online with false claims circulating on the vaccines’ ingredients and possible side effects.