An employee at a medical center in Wisconsin damaged nearly 500 coronavirus vaccine doses

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A now-former employee at Aurora Medical Wisconsin center, which is part of Advocate Aurora Health, “intentionally removed” 57 vials of a coronavirus vaccine from refrigeration, forcing officials to throw out nearly 500 doses. In a statement, Advocate Aurora Health said it was led to believe the act was an erroRA n investigation found the individual “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.” The vials can remain at room temperature for up to 12 hours. That allowed clinicians to salvage some of the doses. The former employee’s actions were “a violation of our core values” and have been reported to authorities for further investigation, the company said. Local and federal authorities are now investigating. Advocate Aurora Health has fired the employee who has not yet been identified.

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“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic,” the Medical Center said. 3,170 new cases were reported and 40 people died Wednesday in the state of covid-19. A total of 47,157 coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Wisconsin since vaccinations began over the last two weeks. As of Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 12.4 million doses of the vaccine had been distributed across the United States but only 2.6 million of those had been administered.