[COMMENTARY] 500 COVID19 Doses Deliberately Destroyed By Ex-Employee
How many dead Americans are enough dead Americans for people to take the coronavirus epidemic seriously? You can take your “one death is too many” rhetoric and shove it sideways where the sun doesn’t shine. Almost a year after the first case of COVID19 was reported, we’re still hearing stories of people defying guidance to wear masks and stay home, making it almost impossible to even try to move past this hellacious time in our history. Stop tweeting videos of Dr. Anthony Fauci from LAST FEBRUARY telling us not to wear masks or worry. We didn’t know then what we know now, and we still don’t know enough about a virus that is not only still exploding across this nation, but is now mutating into a more contagious strain that’s even easier to spread.
With the most inept administration in history overseeing the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines, did anyone really think it would go smoothly? Hundreds of millions of people will be waiting months before getting vaccinated, while the Trumpocrites in the GOP who were screaming “DEMOCRATIC HOAX!” all but knocked more deserving people out of the way to get their shots even before emergency room physicians and nurses.
So when we learn about a now-former employee at a Wisconsin medical center who “intentionally removed” 57 vials of a coronavirus vaccine from refrigeration, forcing officials to throw out nearly 500 doses, what are we to do with our rage? People are having enough issues getting vaccinated, what would motivate a person to endanger themselves, their community, and the entire country?
This is how it went down: Aurora Medical Center officials had initially suspected the Moderna vaccines, which must be kept between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, had inadvertently been left out. But an 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, which allowed clinicians to salvage some of the doses. A hospital spokesperson released a statement about the employee’s dismissal that said in part: “We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine. This was a violation of our core values.”
An employee admitted to deliberately spoiling 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine, a Wisconsin health system says. The worker at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, has been fired. Police and federal authorities are investigating. https://t.co/GwsopuXOEA
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 31, 2020
Your “core values”. This is what happens when a virus becomes politicized. It shouldn’t be about anyone’s ‘values’ when an epidemic is raging across your country. It should be about SCIENCE. It should be about SAVING LIVES, which used to be something this country cared about not that long ago.
We are a fatigued nation, exhausted by the daily outrage from the last four years, with 2020 being the worst of the worst. The Trump administration is acting like there isn’t a virus anymore, saying the states are in charge of their own vaccine rollouts. Trump himself could not care any less about how many of us die. Half a million dead by Valentine’s Day? Hey, he won’t be around then, it’s not his problem. He’s beyond ready to walk away from the mess he made to let someone else clean it up.
Joe Biden has promised to undo all of the Trump administration’s “midnight regulations” amid all of the other awful he has to fix. Once again, I’m calling on House Democrats to CENSURE TRUMP and his enablers before January 20th. It’s imperative that everything he’s done is entered into the historical record so that nothing like this ever happens again.