As we enter the year 2021, many of us are staring intently at what appears to be the light at the end of the tunnel of the coronavirus crisis.
A number of viable vaccines are coming to market in recent weeks, as Operation Warp Speed picks up steam in their effort to distribute these life-saving inoculations. While this is good news in and of itself, there are still a number of issue facing the mission, not the least of which is the public’s unwillingness to receive the vaccine.
In fact, there are a number among us who believe that the vaccine, (and the virus itself), may be part of some vast conspiracy to enslave mankind, and that the illuminati themselves are involved. A group of anti-vaccination folks even went so far as to shut down an inoculation site in Los Angeles over the weeks, albeit for only a couple of hours.
Now, a pharmacist previously accused of purposefully destroying an allotment of vaccines has come under extra scrutiny on account some of his conspiratorial beliefs.
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For months, Steven Brandenburg, the overnight pharmacist at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wis., had said he thought the vaccine would harm people, make them infertile and implant them with microchips.
Now, federal authorities say his belief in debunked claims went beyond the vaccine. The pharmacist, who has agreed to plead guilty to charges of attempting to spoil the vaccine, also believes the Earth is flat and that the sky is not real, according to court documents.
His beliefs were revealed in court after a search of Brandenburg’s phone, computer and hard drive by the FBI. The documents include interviews with Brandenburg and Aurora Medical Center pharmacy technician Sarah Sticker, who told authorities she discovered the unrefrigerated doses of the Moderna vaccine at around 3 a.m. on Dec. 26. The unsealed records were first reported by the Daily Beast.
Some of these harder to believe conspiracy theories have become mainstream in recent years, thanks in no small part to the prevalence of the internet.
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