The Morning Dispatch: Why is Ukraine Downplaying the Russian Threat?

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Food and Drug Administration fully approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for those 18 and older on Monday after concluding it meets the agency’s “rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality.” The vaccine—which will now be marketed as “Spikevax”—had been available under emergency use authorization since December 2020.

  • British civil servant Sue Gray released some of her much-anticipated findings in the investigation into pandemic-era Downing Street parties, finding some of the events “should not have been allowed to take place” given COVID-19 rules, and that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government exhibited “failures of leadership and judgment.” Johnson apologized to Parliament yet again on Monday, but London’s Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating additional allegations not included in Gray’s initial report.

  • The State Department on Monday ordered family members of U.S. government employees in Belarus to depart the country due to “concerning Russian military buildup along Belarus’ border with Ukraine.” The travel advisory also advised U.S. citizens not to travel to the former Soviet country.

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