COVID-19 Vaccine Spoils
While it was initially believed to an accident, it has now come to light that a hospital employee in Wisconsin intentionally destroyed 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The doses of the coveted vaccine had to be destroyed last week when they were removed from the required refrigeration and left out to spoil. The incident happened at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, Wisconsin.
Hospital officials originally believed that the worker took the 57 vials of the vaccine out of the refrigerator and then forgot to put them back in what would have been an accidental mistake. However, new information states that the act was intentional. Each vial is home to 10 doses of the vaccine.
Incident Under Investigation
In addition to the local police department investigating the case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Food and Drug Administration are also involved. The employee involved is no longer employed by the hospital. Health officials now worry that there will need to be additional security in place to keep the vaccines secure.
Refrigeration Requirements for Vaccine
The Moderna vaccine must be kept at a temperature that is set between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the vial is thawed, it only has a 12-hour window before its efficacy is rendered useless. With the vaccine in short supply, officials are understandably disappointed that so many doses went to waste because of this intentional act of sabotage.
The vaccine is not yet widely available to Americans who need it. Approximately 21,000 people within the Advocate Aurora Health network have received the vaccine.