World news wrapup: 17 June 2021

Pharmacy leaves “cursed” message on birthday; quick-thinking pharmacist saves a life with CPR; German pharmacies mobbed for vaccine passes

New York, New York: A birthday message gone wrong from a woman’s local pharmacy has gone viral on TikTok, reports Yahoo! Sport.

Kelly, a New York woman who recently turned 25, shared a message left on her family’s landline with the social media platform, captioning it, “So I turned 25 today and my local pharmacy had something to say about it”.

“Hello, this is Unity Pharmacy,” an automated voice says in the clip. “Our pharmacy team has a message for you on your special day.”

This is followed by a rendition of “Happy Birthday” which began somewhat garbled and by the end had, according to Yahoo! “devolved from discernible words to bizarre noises and shrieks”.

Fellow TikTok users responded to the clip, which attracted at least 300,000 views, with amusement, describing the message as “cursed” and containing “demon energy”.


So I turned 25 today and my local pharmacy had something to say about it… #MACscaraface #birthday #foryou #fypシ

♬ original sound – gino_mozzarella

Germany: Germany’s Association of Pharmacists has urged people not to “storm the chemists” as COVID digital vaccination passes became available through the channel this week.

German media advertised the (My Pharmacy Manager) website as the best place to find a pharmacy where the “Digitale Impfpass” could be accessed.

This document is to be used in European Union countries as part of its COVID-19 vaccine certificate program, reports The Guardian. Its aim is to make it easier for Europeans to travel between EU countries.

When the passes became available on Monday morning, pharmacies were inundated.

At 11am Monday, a spokesperson for the Association said that so far, participating pharmacies had issued 140,000 passes.

Some pharmacies in Berlin and Hamburg had customers lining up on Monday morning before they opened.

The website also crashed, unable to keep up with demand.


North Olmsted, Ohio: A pharmacist is being lauded for saving the life of a woman who stopped breathing while at the Discount Drug Mart in North Olmsted.

Janet Coleman, who has a heart arrhythmia, went to the store to buy bread and the newspaper and blacked out at the bread display, reports

Pharmacist Matt Kirby told the station that when he saw what happened, he ran to her and began CPR.

“You really don’t think, you just snap into action. Once I realized she wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse, compressions, compressions, compressions,” said Mr Kirby.

“I was on compression 22 when she gasped and came back.”

Four minutes later, paramedics arrived and took Ms Coleman to hospital, from which she was later released.

“It’s surreal, I don’t even know how to explain it. And then I had to go back to work,” said the pharmacist.

“That was the hardest part. I actually had to sit down for a while.”


Bedong, Malaysia: The Dean of a pharmacy faculty at a private university in Bedong has written a piece in the New Straits Times urging the Malaysian government to involve pharmacists in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Ng Yen Ping, dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology University, lists the approach taken by a number of different countries – including Australia – in utilising community pharmacists in the program.

With a target of 80% immunisation by the end of 2021, Malaysia is considering more vaccination centres, he writes – but pharmacists could speed this up.

“Currently, we have about 5,000 community pharmacists serving in 3,200 community pharmacies, as well as 21,000 active registered pharmacists who are willing to help in speeding up the vaccination process,” he writes.

“We urge the relevant authorities to seriously consider including pharmacists as team members in the NIP [National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme].

“We may be able to hasten the vaccination for the already-registered-and-waiting public. With herd immunity, we can arrest the pandemic and hopefully return to our ‘old’ normal.”

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