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European Medicines Agency approves first corona vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has conditionally approved the corona vaccine developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech. It is the first corona vaccine to be used in the European Union.

According to the previously published research results, the vaccine is said to have an effectiveness of 95 percent and is successful in 94 percent of all cases in people over 65.

Pfizer applied for conditional admission at the beginning of this month. This ensures that a vaccine or medicine can be approved by the EMA on the basis of less extensive data than normal.

Jupiter and Saturn so close together for the first time since 1623

On the shortest day of the year, the planets Jupiter and Saturn came together. Since 1623, the two gas planets have not been that close together in the sky.

BioNTech: Vaccine can be quickly adapted to new variants of virus

The corona vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is also likely to prevent people from becoming ill from a mutated variant of the coronavirus. There will be more clarity about this at the beginning of January, BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin told the German news agency on Monday DPA.

“We have already tested the vaccine on about 20 virus variants with other mutations. The immune response created by our vaccine has always inactivated all forms of the virus,” said Sahin, also a physician and oncologist.

According to Sahin, the corona vaccine can in principle be adapted quickly to new variants of the virus.

Officer resuscitates a knocked-down baby elephant in Thailand

A Thai police officer saved the life of a run-down baby elephant on Sunday evening. A motorcyclist had run into the little elephant on an unlit road in the eastern province of Chanthaburi.

After ten minutes of CPR, the elephant got up and the animal was taken to the vet for a check-up. When it turned out that he needed no further care, the elephant was reunited with the rest of the herd.

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