An ex-pharmacist appeared in Wisconsin court on Monday after he was arrested and accused of intentionally leaving COVID-19 Moderna vaccines out of cold-storage on Christmas Eve and Christmas evening, which the hospital said rendered them essentially useless.
Steven Brandenburg, 46, who was arrested last week, believed that the COVID-19 vaccines were capable of altering the DNA of patients who received them, and considered himself a conspiracy theorist, according to various court documents, reported the Associated Press.
Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol told the court Monday that the hospital has since walked back a statement saying the vaccines were discarded, and that the vaccines are actually still in the hospital’s possession, reported WPR. Gerol also said testing the vaccines would be necessary to determine whether the vaccines were actually spoiled, and that such findings could affect potential charges against Brandenburg.
“You possibly have a crime known as attempted criminal damage to property in Wisconsin,” said Gerol. “That would be a