Steven Brandenburg, 46, was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bond by Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Malloy throughout a short look.
Police in Grafton, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee, arrested the Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist on Thursday after 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine have been apparently spoiled. Brandenburg took the vaccine doses from a fridge and left them out for 12 hours, probably rendering them ineffective, police stated.
Each vial contained 10 doses and was all collectively value between $8,550 to $11,400, in line with a possible trigger assertion by Grafton Police Det.-Sgt. Eric Sutherland.
Brandenburg is an “admitted conspiracy theorist” and he “told investigators that he believed that Covid-19 vaccine was not safe for people and could harm them and change their DNA,” Sutherland wrote.
“He admitted this was an intentional act,” the possible trigger assertion added.
Brandenburg was initially booked on suspicion of recklessly endangering security, adulterating a prescription drug, and felony harm to property.
However, it wasn’t instantly clear if Brandenburg’s actions ruined the doses or if they may nonetheless be successfully administered, Ozaukee County DA Adam Gerol stated.
Officials from Moderna must study the doses and conclude whether or not they have been ruined, in line with Gerold.
If the doses weren’t destroyed, regardless of left outdoors the fridge, then costs may very well be downgraded, the prosecution stated.
Brandenburg didn’t must enter a plea throughout this primary court docket look on Monday. The extremely procedural listening to was held just about, to stick to coronavirus security protocols.
While the choose and prosecutor have been in court docket, Brandenburg appeared from jail and his lawyer from one other locale. The protection lawyer acknowledged his presence on behalf of Brandenburg, however didn’t seem to make some other substantive feedback.
David Ok. Li is a breaking information reporter for NBC News.