Story at a glance

  • A nurse in Germany is reportedly suspected of injecting thousands of patients with a fake coronavirus vaccine.
  • The nurse reportedly used saline solution on patients in early spring, a time where a majority of patients receiving their vaccines were among the elderly population
  • Investigator Peter Beer said at a news conference, per Reuters, that there is a “reasonable suspicion of danger” based on witness statements.

A nurse in Germany is reportedly suspected of injecting thousands of patients with a fake coronavirus vaccine, prompting authorities to urge more than 8,000 people to get an additional shot.

Authorities suspect an unnamed Red Cross nurse injected about 8,600 patients in Friesland in northern Germany with saline solution in early spring, a time where a majority of patients receiving their vaccines were among the elderly population, Reuters reported

Local councilor Sven Ambrosy said he is “totally shocked by this episode.” 


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“Today I had a sad duty to inform around 8600 potentially affected people that it is not possible to rule out that there are also people among you who could have received saline instead of their vaccination at their vaccination date,” Ambrosy posted on Facebook

“Together with the nds. For safety, we recommend an additional vaccination for the state health department,” he concluded. 

Investigators said the nurse in question had allegedly posted anti-vaccination sentiments on social media, and investigator Peter Beer said at a news conference, per Reuters, that there is a “reasonable suspicion of danger” based on witness statements. 

Germany has fully vaccinated 55.6 percent of its eligible population with nearly 96 million doses administered, Johns Hopkins University data shows.


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Published on Aug 11, 2021