MILWAUKEE – A state board on Wednesday suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of wasting more than 500 doses of the Kovid-19 vaccine because it felt it was unsafe.
Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee, when he was arrested last month after investigating 57 damaged vials of the Morden vaccine. He has not been criminally charged. A status conference in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.
The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examination Board stated in its order that Brandenburg cannot practice pharmacy while the suspension continues. It said Brandenburg agreed to take action “to focus” on the possible charges against him.
Brandenburg’s attorney, Jason Baltz, did not immediately respond to a phone message left Wednesday evening by The Associated Press.
Advocate Aurora Health Care’s chief medical group officer Jeff Bahr has said that Brandenburg acknowledged that he intentionally removed the vials from refrigeration at Grattan Medical Center.
A detective wrote in a probable cause statement that Brandenburg, 46, is an accepted conspiracy theorist and told investigators that he intentionally tried to ruin the vaccine because it could hurt people by changing his DNA.
Misinformation surrounding the Kovid-19 vaccines has increased online with false claims circulating on the ingredients and potential potential effects of the vaccine.
One of the early false claims suggested that vaccines may alter DNA. The Pfizer and Bayonet vaccines as well as the modern vaccine relies on messenger RNA or mRNA, a fairly new technology used in vaccines that experts have been working on for years.
MRNA vaccines help identify the spike proteins on the surface of the coronovirus and train the immune system to create an immune response. Experts have said that there is no truth in claims that vaccines can genetically modify humans.