The Morning Dispatch: Haiti in Crisis

Happy Friday! Crazy how it’s always the people you most expect who try to extort Nike for $20 million and then get sentenced to a couple years in jail for it. 

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • President Joe Biden announced in a speech Thursday that the United States’ military mission in Afghanistan will conclude August 31—slightly earlier than his original target of September 11—and that his administration is working to accelerate the process by which Afghan interpreters can receive Special Immigrant Visas to come to the United States. In response to a reporter’s question, Biden said he does not trust the Taliban, but trusts “the capacity of the Afghan military” to stave off the collapse of the Afghan government.

  • Hours after Pfizer’s president of research and development told the Associated Press the pharmaceutical giant plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize a third-dose booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control issued a joint statement reiterating that fully vaccinated Americans do not currently need a booster shot. “We are prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed,” the statement read.

  • The Japanese government on Thursday declared a new state of emergency over the spread of coronavirus within the country, leading to a reversal of the Olympic host country’s earlier decision to allow some fan attendance at the games.

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