Good afternoon. Here are the top stories so far today.
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What happened today:
FDA fully approves a COVID-19 vaccine. In a major step, the Food and Drug Administration fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. The two-dose jab is the first fully approved COVID-19 vaccine in the US and will be marketed under the brand name Comirnaty.
8 more days. With the August 31 deadline looming, the US has just eight more days to pull its troops out of Afghanistan. Otherwise, a Taliban spokesperson told Sky News that there would be “consequences.” The US has evacuated at least 37,000 people since August 14, but President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the US could extend the withdrawal deadline.
Losing hope. Afghans who worked at the US Embassy in Kabul are losing hope of being evacuated from the country, according to a Saturday State Department cable obtained by NBC News. People are desperately trying to get past the Taliban guards and into the airport and have said their experiences have left them feeling “deeply disheartened,” betrayed by the US, and resigned to death.
Apple staff are speaking out. A group of 15 Apple employees built a website for workers to submit stories of sexist and racist discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to hold the tech giant more accountable. It comes after they said they faced “a pattern of isolation, degradation, and gaslighting.” The site, first reported by The Verge’s Zoe Schiffer, is called AppleToo.
Save Captain. Outgoing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo left his dog, Captain, at the governor’s mansion after he moved out and reportedly asked if anyone could keep him. After the Times Union story broke, the New York State Animal Protective Federation said it was ready to find Captain a place in its network of shelters.
That’s all for now. See you tomorrow.