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BRUSSELS (NYTIMES, BLOOMBERG) - Doses of the vaccine made by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and a small German company BioNTech, the first rigorously tested coronavirus vaccine given a green light for use, are being packaged in Belgium for shipment to Britain this week. Pfizer plans to ship 800,000 doses to Britain in the coming days from its production plant in Puurs in Belgium. Britain on Wednesday (Dec 2) gave emergency use authorisation to the Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first Western country to pave the way for mass inoculations against a disease that has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide. The British government said it had accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use and that it will be rolled out from next week. Starting on Tuesday night (Dec 1), those doses were being prepared for shipment, BioNTech said. Boxes of several thousand doses each are packaged with dry ice to keep them at the South Pole-like temperatures they require, before they are put on trucks or planes and taken to Britain. They will arrive in government distribution warehouses
BERLIN (REUTERS) - Police arrested a 51-year-old woman after four people were found dead and another seriously injured at a hospital near Berlin on Wednesday evening (April 28), multiple German media reported. Police arrived at the Oberlin Clinic in the late evening, according to the report. A police spokesman was quoted as saying that the deaths were "the result of violence" and that the 51-year-old was the prime suspect. Based in Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, the state that surrounds the German capital, the Oberlin Clinic is a specialist orthopaedic hospital with some 160 beds and 300 staff, according to its website. It was unclear if the dead were patients at the clinic and there was no information regarding a motive. Police in Brandenburg did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.