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Wisconsin health worker ‘deliberately spoiled 500 Covid vaccine doses’ | World news


#Police and federal authorities in the US are investigating after a #Wisconsin health centre said an employee admitted to deliberately spoiling 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine.

#Aurora medical centre, in #Grafton, first reported that the doses had been spoiled on #Saturday, saying a staff member had accidentally left them out of refrigeration overnight. #On #Wednesday, however, it said the doses appeared to have been spoiled deliberately.

#Police in #Grafton, about 20 miles (32km) north of #Milwaukee, said the department, the FBI and the #Food and #Drug #Administration were investigating the case.

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#Police said they were notified of the alleged tampering on #Wednesday night, but that no other information would be immediately released. They declined to say if any arrests had been made.

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#In a statement late on #Wednesday, #Aurora said the employee involved “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration”. #Aurora said it had fired the person in question and referred the matter to the authorities. The statement said nothing about a possible motive for the action.

“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. #We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine,” the statement said.

The tampering will delay inoculation for hundreds of people, #Aurora #Health officials said, in a state where 3,170 new cases were reported and 40 people died on #Wednesday of #Covid-19, according to the #Washington #Post’s coronavirus tracker.

#Leonard #Peace, an FBI spokesman in #Milwaukee, would not comment on the bureau’s involvement but said of the episode: “We’re aware of it.”

#Initiating an internal review on #Monday, hospital officials said they were initially “led to believe” the incident was caused by “inadvertent human error”.

The vials were removed on #Friday and most were discarded on #Saturday, with only a few still safe to administer, according to an earlier statement from the health system. #Each vial has enough for 10 vaccinations but can sit at room temperature for only 12 hours.

#Two days later, the employee acknowledged having “intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration”, according to the hospital statement, the #Washington #Post reported.



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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/31/wisconsin-health-worker-deliberately-spoiled-500-covid-vaccine-doses

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