The Morning Dispatch: Border Woes Continue for Biden
Happy Tuesday! One of these years, Aaron Rodgers will finally be too old to drag the Green Bay Packers to the playoffs—but it doesn’t look like it’ll be in 2021.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11, according to results from a new clinical trial published by both companies on Monday. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that U.S. regulators will “certainly” have enough data to approve vaccines for that age range “this fall.”
White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Zients announced Monday that, after 18 months, the United States will lift travel restrictions for foreigners who are fully vaccinated beginning in November. Travelers seeking to enter the United States will need to show proof of both vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure.
The State Department confirmed on Monday that the Biden administration will raise its refugee admissions cap from 62,500 this budget year to 125,000 in the budget year beginning October 1—though the administration signaled it will likely fail to reach that full capacity due to the pandemic. Because the approximately 40,000 Afghan civilians evacuated to the United States in recent weeks are not technically considered refugees, the United States has only admitted 7,637 refugees over the past year—the lowest number in the program’s 40-year history.