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US pharmacist jailed for tampering with COVID vaccines

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A former US pharmacist who purposefully ruined more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been jailed

Wisconsin-based pharmacist Stephen Brandenburg pleaded guilty to trying to spoil hundreds of COVID vaccines because he was ‘skeptical of them.’

He was jailed for three years after he purposefully removed vaccines from a dedicated refrigerator.

He had admitted to intentionally removing the doses manufactured by Moderna from a refrigerator for hours at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, located just north of Milwaukee.

In a statement before receiving his sentence, Brandenburg said he felt “great shame” and accepted responsibility for his actions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported he apologised to his co-workers, family and the community.

Reports state that Aurora destroyed most of the tampered doses, but not before 57 people received inoculations from the supply.

Those doses are believed to have still been effective, but weeks of uncertainty created a storm of anger, anxiety, and anguish among the recipients, according to court documents.

Court statements claim that Brandenburg purposefully removed a box of COVID-19 vaccine vials from a hospital refrigeration unit during two successive overnight shifts in December last year.

The pharmacist was also ordered to pay $83,800 in compensation to the Wisconsin Hospital where he worked.

Jack is a journalist and producer at Ticker NEWS. He's previously worked for digital media publications in Australia and the US. Jack is particularly interested in reporting on international affairs and sport.

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ASEAN emerging as new global economic power?

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As global supply chains adapt to the pandemic and heightened US-China tensions, attention shifts to ASEAN’s emerging economies.

Could Vietnam and Indonesia lead ASEAN into becoming a third economic powerhouse alongside China and India? Professor Tim Harcourt of UTS and The Airport Economist on Ticker weighs in.

While debates on ‘deglobalisation’ persist, the question arises: is production truly shifting or merely realigning? Geopolitical uncertainties prompt businesses to diversify their supply chains away from China, a move influenced by both politics and economics. Taiwan, Vietnam, and Indonesia emerge as preferred destinations due to their strategic advantages and growing economies.

Australia’s recent Australian ASEAN Summit highlights the potential gains from closer ASEAN ties, given its vast population of over 640 million. What collaborative opportunities lie ahead?

Professor Harcourt’s upcoming Airport Economist ASEAN series on Ticker promises deeper insights into ASEAN’s economic landscape, revealing its potential as a significant global player.

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Investors assess geopolitical risks amidst tensions

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Amidst a backdrop of geopolitical easing, investors are reassessing their risk strategies to navigate a more tranquil global landscape.

This shift coincides with markets recalibrating expectations around potential rate cuts, resulting in a downturn in stocks.

In the tech sector, all eyes are on US earnings reports this week, particularly those of industry giants whose performance often sets the tone for market sentiment.

Additionally, anticipation mounts ahead of the release of Australian CPI data, scheduled for Wednesday, which promises insights into economic health and potential monetary policy implications.

These developments underscore the need for investors to remain vigilant and adaptable in response to evolving geopolitical and economic dynamics.

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Building the financial foundations for every decade

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Navigating financial milestones: strategies for success in your 20s, 30s, and beyond

Your 20s mark the beginning of your financial journey, and building sustainable cash flow habits is paramount. Start by tackling high-interest debts like credit cards and Afterpay systematically. Allocate at least 10% of your income to savings and automate it into high-interest investments. Be intentional with your budget, understanding how each expense serves you.

As you transition into your 30s, family and homeownership become significant commitments. Approach these decisions thoughtfully, considering affordability and lifestyle implications. Develop a strategy to pay off your home loan swiftly, regularly reviewing your interest rate and payment options.

In your 40s, focus shifts to superannuation, maximising concessional contributions for tax efficiency. Ensure your investments are managed by reputable professionals with the right asset allocation. Invest in properties with strong cash flow and growth potential to secure your financial future.

Each stage of life presents unique financial opportunities and challenges.

By following these guidelines, you can lay a solid foundation for wealth creation and security throughout your lifetime.

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