Houston, December 31st, a pharmacist in Wisconsin, USA, was arrested on suspicion of deliberately destroying more than 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine.
According to the Associated Press, police in Grafton, Wisconsin, said on the 31st that earlier this week, employees of Aurora Medical Center in the city found that 570 doses of coronavirus vaccine were not stored in the refrigerator.
These vaccines are produced by Modena Company in the United States. After investigation, a pharmacist at the hospital took the vaccines out of the refrigerated warehouse for two consecutive nights from December 24 and kept the vaccines at room temperature for a long time.
The pharmacist has now admitted that it was intentional to invalidate the vaccine. At present, the police are still investigating its motives.
Police said that he was arrested on the 31st on several criminal charges, including property damage.
Police said that the staff of the hospital decided to discard the vaccine after vaccinating 57 people involved in the case.
Jeff Barr, president of Aurora Medical Group, said on the 31st that the 57 people have been notified that the hospital will revaccinated them against the novel coronavirus.
Following the emergency use license of two coronavirus vaccines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States began vaccination on December 14.
While the distribution of vaccines and the promotion of vaccination work, topics such as unfair and unreasonable vaccine distribution, imperfect vaccination data, and less than expected inoculation have attracted public attention.
According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of December 30, more than 2.6 million people, including U.S. medical staff and residents of long-term care institutions, have been vaccinated against the first dose of the novel coronavirus.
According to Reuters, federal officials said that as of December 30, about 14 million doses of coronavirus vaccine had been shipped to the states of the United States.
The U.S. government originally planned to distribute 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the United States by the end of 2020 for 20 million people.