COVID-19 vaccine stolen from Yellowknife hotel: RCMP

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Jeremy Kuneyuna, 27, is facing charges related to an alleged break and enter, and theft at a Yellowknife hotel on Sept. 28.

“A nursing station situated within the hotel had been breached and among the items that were missing were vials of COVID-19 vaccine,” reads and RCMP news release.

Police have not said which hotel had been broken into as charges have already been laid.

CKLB asked how many vials of the vaccine were taken.

“The number of vials of the Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine reported missing are part of the active investigation, and are not being disclosed at this time. For context, it was less than 20 total,” said Marie York-Condon, RCMP spokesperson.

A single vial contains about 10 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The stolen vials have not yet been found.

“The investigation, at this point, indicates that this was not a targeted break and enter specific to the vaccine,” says the release.

Officers arrested Kuneyuna on Oct. 12, and have charged him with an additional break and enter that happened on Sept. 21. He made his first appearance in court on Friday, Oct. 15.

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