The Morning Dispatch: Ukraine on the Brink

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The State Department on Saturday ordered most remaining employees at its embassy in Kyiv to evacuate Ukraine due to the threat of a Russian invasion, adding that U.S. citizens “should not travel to Ukraine” and those already there “should depart immediately.” President Joe Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, insisting the U.S. and allied response to a Russian invasion would be “swift” and “severe.” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday that, although Russia could still “choose the diplomatic path,” there’s a “distinct possibility” it will invade “very soon.” Biden administration officials said Friday another 3,000 U.S. soldiers will be deployed to Poland in the coming days.

  • After Pfizer and BioNTech announced they would collect more data on the effect of a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for children under five years old, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it was postponing a meeting scheduled for this week where public health officials were set to assess the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Pfizer and BioNTech officials said they expect to have three-dose protection data in early April.

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