An angry aunt rejected her niece’s wedding invitation because her partner for more than two years was not included in the RSVP. Photo/123rf
An angry aunt rejected her niece’s wedding invitation because her partner for more than two years was not included in the RSVP.
After entering social media, the bride-to-be received an RSVP from her aunt Edith, but did not reveal whether she would participate, but with annoying information.
The bride explained to readers that due to Covid-19 restrictions, she is holding a smaller wedding, which means Edith’s partner Dany did not attend the wedding.
But this did not stop Aunt Edith from releasing the nasty news.
It said in the RSVP message: “The most rude and hurtful.”
“The family should not separate the family!
It read in capital letters: “You shouldn’t give away at all! Aunt Edith and Uncle Danny.”
The bride also revealed that she had nothing to do with her aunt’s boyfriend “Uncle Danny”, claiming that he was “tolerated in the family” and only met a few times.
Since then, the post has been widely circulated, and many readers support the bride’s position and say that Aunt Edith is a “queen of excessive drama.”
One woman said: “It’s a shortcut to no longer being invited to a family gathering again. Yes, Aunt Edith.”
Another wrote: “The trash drew it out of itself.”
Others said that Edith’s reaction was too rude, regardless of whether it was right or wrong to invite her boyfriend Danny.
“It is possible to think that the couple was rude because they did not invite their long-term partner, and that the aunt’s reaction was rude.”
The second point added: “Nevertheless, I think Covid will be very different. Without Covid, you should invite partners. With Covid, the guest list is very limited.”
A former bride expressed sympathy, saying that she had experienced the same thing.
“A few years ago, my aunt did almost the same thing at the wedding. Our venue can accommodate up to 120 people, so I didn’t add a week of boyfriend flavor to my aunt.”
A cheeky commenter suggested that the bride should respond.
“Maybe the bride and groom should send an apology card for inviting her.’Sorry, we don’t really want you at the wedding, but the family insists that we give you the right to refuse because they know you want to do it. “
MAJURO – The Marshall Islands have dramatically increased the number of Marshall Islands repatriated residents, while reducing mandatory quarantine time requirements. Additionally, with more than 70 percent of its urban population now vaccinated with the first dose of the Covid vaccine, the Ministry of Health and Human Services is gearing up to take its vaccine program to the outermost remote islands.
Important developments this week in the Marshall repatriation program include shortening quarantine times and increasing the number of returnees.
At a Cabinet meeting last Thursday, Marshall Islands leaders endorsed the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and Human Services / National Disaster Committee to reduce quarantine time at Kwajalein Army base from three to two weeks. Coupled with a quarantine in Honolulu before leaving Hawaii, group four – released Wednesday this week – and future groups will be subject to four weeks of quarantine, two each in Honolulu and Kwajalein.
Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal said the Marshall Islands had learned from managing the repatriation program since last June and felt comfortable reducing the period of quarantine, which is still one of the most stringent screening systems in use anywhere in the world.
“Taking into account both the (quarantine facilities at) Arrak and Kwajalein, we have repatriated more than 1,000 people,” Niedenthal said this week. “Initially 21 days in Kwajalein because the Army only wanted to carry out a one-week quarantine in Hawaii (for the returning workers).” But, he added, that turned into two weeks in Hawaii, the same as the Marshall Islands government-sponsored group returning.
Niedenthal said it wasn’t just four weeks of quarantine. Each person who was discharged had a total of five Covid tests during that period. After some initial problems with the first repatriation group last October, the ministry changed the schedule of testing it now feels could catch possible cases of Covid while people are still in quarantine.
In Hawaii, repatriated Marshall get one test for Covid before they enter quarantine, their second two days, and a third within 72 hours of leaving for the Marshall Islands. After arriving in Kwajalein, they were tested again on the seventh day and on the 14th day, before being released. Additionally, the ministry is communicating with Hawaiian health authorities to set up a system for providing Covid vaccines to Marshallese before they leave Hawaii for Kwajalein.
The Army, which operates a missile testing facility at Kwajalein, began repatriating base workers last June after agreeing a series of protocols with Marshall Islands authorities. It also opened up facilities for the government to launch the Marshall repatriation late last year.
“Security is always a top concern,” said Niedenthal. “We are confident the four weeks and testing system is safe.”
Since the first repatriation group on 27 October, the number has continued to grow. The groups released this week are 52.
Group of five, which went to quarantine in Honolulu this week in preparation to fly to Kwajalein in two weeks, number 77. According to the Office of the Main Secretary, the next group consisted of 76 Marshall men and one diplomat.
Army Colonel Jeremy Bartel has agreed to increase the number for the group of five and has arranged quarantine accommodation for this larger number.
While the number of monthly repatriation groups has increased, the Ministry of Health is preparing to start Covid vaccinations in the next two weeks on the outer islands.
Niedenthal said Jaluit Atoll, one of two sub-centers on the outer island, had been used as the first atoll in an outreach program.
Last week, the ministry won support from the Cabinet to use single-use Johnson and Johnson brand vaccines because it only takes one visit to deliver the injection to the outer islands, which must be reached by plane or boat trip.
Niedenthal said, however, the ministry was also looking at islands where it was logistically possible to provide the two-dose Moderna vaccine, which is the vaccine used to date in downtown Ebeye and Majuro. As of March 26, the ministry reported that 71 percent of the urban population had received the first Moderna vaccine, while 44 percent had been fully vaccinated with both shots.
The ministry already has 800 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine recently released, and it has promised another 10,000 doses from the US Centers for Disease Control in April.
“It is a challenge to get two shots for the outer islands,” said Niedenthal. “This is why I recommend the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.” Both the Moderna and Pfizer brand vaccines require two injections 28 days apart.
The ministry is targeting Jaluit and Wotje to be in the first batch of vaccines outside the island.
Although the effectiveness of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines is said to be lower than the Moderna and Pfizer brands, Niedenthal said studies of people using the Johnson and Johnson vaccines showed that there were no serious symptoms and no deaths for anyone who received the injection and then. infected with Covid.
Nusrat Aga is an elementary school teacher from Sydney, who is now stuck in Mumbai after traveling with her sick mother-in-law to India 10 days ago.
Her mother-in-law suffered a stroke and Aga said she had to be treated in India because her current health insurance would not cover treatment in Australia.
She is desperate to reunite with her three daughters back home, and is deeply worried about the increasing number of cases in the city, which has become a hotspot for India’s latest outbreak.
“Nobody chooses to travel at this time, it is only because of the situation of sheer desperation.”
Aga books a flight home for April, and hopes the plan doesn’t fail.
He urged the Australian government to provide more space on repatriation flights, so that more people can leave India immediately.
“Maybe the government could improve their quarantine facilities and let more people in,” he said.
Another Australian trapped in India has been trying for months to get on the plane.
Neha, a mother in Delhi, has canceled several flights after trying to get herself and her five-year-old son to Melbourne, where her husband currently lives as a permanent resident.
The growing number of infections in India is making him even more desperate to leave.
“Some of the people in my office and my environment have been positive.”
She also found it difficult to raise her son alone – a situation she said was made worse because she was born without her right arm.
India halts AstraZeneca’s exports
With 11.7 million cases, India has reported the highest number of coronavirus infections after the United States and Brazil.
India has so far provided more than 52 million doses of the vaccine, with the elderly and those over 45 with other health conditions currently eligible for the injection.
Health and frontline workers were at the forefront when India started moving in mid-January.
For some Australians in India, the vaccine launch has eased their worries about the virus.
Engineer Shalabh Jangala has been stuck in India since November, when he arrived with his wife to visit his father.
Although he wants to return to Adelaide, he is not worried about the spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I’m not too worried about getting an infection,” said Mr. Jangala.
“Because in India, people are getting vaccinated.”
Mr Jangala’s main concern is the cost of a long stay in India.
He has lost thousands of dollars trying to book flights back home and expects to pay a further $ 3,000 for a hotel quarantine in Australia.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs says its “highest priority” is assisting vulnerable Australians abroad.
Since the start of the pandemic, the government has helped bring home more than 42,500 Australians, although some 36,700 are currently trapped overseas and want to return.
Business owner Akshay Arali is happy to stay in India to care for his ailing father while he awaits flights to Australia, but says the increase in the number of cases is worrying.
“That’s one thing that we are very worried about, because we have three people in our house who are over 65 years old,” said Arali.
India has implemented new travel restrictions in response to the latest spike in COVID-19.
The government has also temporarily suspended all major exports of the AstraZeneca coronavirus injection, which is made by the Serum Institute of India, so as to meet domestic demand as infections escalate.
Recent research has found that the price of prescription drugs in the United States is significantly higher than in other countries, at an average price of 2.56 times the price in 32 other countries. The gap is even bigger for brand-name drugs, according to the RAND Corporation report.
In contrast, the report found that the prices of unbranded generics were slightly lower in the United States than in most other countries. Unbranded generics account for 84% of drugs sold in the United States by volume but only 12% of expenditure, according to a press release. In contrast, brand-name drugs were on average 3.44 times higher in the United States than in the comparison countries.
“Branded drugs are a major driver of higher prescription drug prices in the US,” said Andrew Mulcahy, PhD, lead author of the study and senior health policy researcher at RAND, in a press release. “We found prices for US brand names that were always high regardless of our methodological decisions.”
This analysis is based on 2018 data and provides the most up-to-date estimate of drug prices in the United States compared to prices in other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The researchers calculated the price index under various methodological decisions. Although some sensitivity analyzes reduce the difference between US prices compared to prices in other countries, under all scenarios the overall price of prescription drugs remains significantly higher in the United States.
The researchers used the manufacturer’s price for the analysis because the net price was not available systematically, according to the press release. Even after lowering US prices based on price estimates after negotiated rebates and other discounts were applied, investigators found that US prices remained substantially higher than prices in other countries.
The only consistent area where prices are lower in the United States is generics, where prices are 84% of the average paid in other countries. Among the G7 countries, the study authors found that the UK, France and Italy generally have the lowest prices for prescription drugs, while Canada, Germany, and Japan tend to have higher prices.
The team also examined several subsets of prescription drugs, including brand name triggers, unbranded generics, biologic drugs and nonbiological drugs. They found that some of the highest-priced drugs in the United States were brand-name drugs that cost thousands of dollars per treatment and treated life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis C or cancer.
“Many of the most expensive drugs are biologic medications that we often see advertised on television,” Mulcahy said in his press release. “Hopefully, competition from biosimilars will reduce prices and expenditures for biology. But biosimilars are only available for a handful of biologists in the United States. “
Researchers estimate that in all of the OECD countries studied, total drug expenditure was $ 795 billion. The United States accounts for 58% of sales, but only 24% of volume. In the United States, estimates show that prescription drug expenditure accounts for more than 10% of all health care spending. Drug expenditure jumped 76% between 2000 and 2017, and costs are expected to increase more rapidly than other areas of health care spending over the next decade as new and expensive specialty drugs are approved, according to the study authors.