Hospital Says Employee Intentionally Destroyed Moderna Vaccines

NPR reports that an employee at Aurora Medical Center in Wisconsin intentionally destroyed almost 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine that were stored at the hospital. It looks like the employee was fired or resigned, but it’s not clear from the story what motivated the person to engage in such a senseless act of destruction.

A now-former employee at a Wisconsin medical center “intentionally removed” 57 vials of a coronavirus vaccine from refrigeration, forcing officials to throw out nearly 500 doses, according to an internal investigation.

Aurora Medical Center officials had initially suspected the Moderna vaccines, which must be kept between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, had inadvertently been left out at the Grafton hospital on Dec. 26. But an investigation found the individual “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration,” officials said Wednesday.

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