The Moderna vaccine was developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and Moderna.
The Milwaukee suspect, although his identity wasn’t revealed but was said to have destroyed more than 500 doses of the vaccine.
The suspect-now fired from Aurora Health hospital system attested to have intentionally removed the vaccines from refrigeration, knowing fully well that once the vials heat up to room temperature for more than 12 hours it will be rendered ineffective.
In a teleconference on Thursday, Chief Aurora Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr told reporters that the former employee intentionally removed the vaccines from refrigeration on two separate occasions — overnight on December 24, 2020, then properly returning them to the storage, and then again on December 25. The spoiled doses are estimated to be worth between $8,000 and $11,000. The suspect is presently being held in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin in jail.