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this morning we've got new details on the pentagon's abrupt plan to deploy 3,000 u.s. troops back to afghanistan within the next 48 hours to airlift american embassy staff out of kabul. the message, get out now breaking overnight, the fda has authorized a third dose of either pfizer or moderna's vaccines for people with weakened immune systems. the cdc has yet to rule. parents are planning to send their kids back to school, but are they in for sticker shock with prices soaring for the
stuff their children need most academy award winner kevin costner lends some magic to the first-ever major league baseball game played in iowa. and the rumors are true as superstars lizzo and cardi b collaborate on the hottest new song trending around the globe this very minute it is friday, august 13th. "early today" starts right now good morning, i'm phillip mena >> glad you could join us. i'm frances rivera breaking news. it is official, the fda has authorized a third covid vaccine for some vulnerable americans. late last night the agency okayed the additional doses as part of the emergency use authorizations for the moderna and pfizer vaccines. jay gray, tell us more about what this decision means >> reporter: what it means, frances, is there's one more step before people actually get shots in arms and that's the cdc. some of those who need this booster dose the most could get
it by this weekend who is that? well, it's about 3% of americans who are highly immunodeficient we're talking about cancer patients, transplant recipients, people who are struggling with their immune system right now. and doctors say it's vital that their first round of doses of this vaccine didn't really do a lot to boost their immune system, so they need more. and that's why they will get the third shot here. doctors also saying that while this is limited right now very much in scope that if the variant, delta variant, continues to spread, we may see the rest of us getting a booster shot before it's all said and done a lot of that obviously contingent on how many people get their first dose we now know as many as 93 million americans haven't had a single dose of vaccine against the coronavirus. >> yeah, in talking about that third j while the others are refusing to even get that first. nbc's lester holt spoke with
dr. anthony fauci about those booster shots. >> the immunocompromised people never had an adequate response to begin with. when you're talking about the classic concept of a booster for everyone else, you're talking about the durability of what you assumed was a good response. so they really are two different categories and two different concepts >> right now you still don't see a need for a booster for those who had the original response? >> at this point right now we are not having boosters for those individuals. but one thing people need to understand, we're following this extremely carefully. we will immediately be prepared, and we are prepared right now, to implement the booster program very quickly >> i'm going to ask you to put into perspective what we're seeing right now with this explosion of new cases around the country. doctor, if we don't get this under control in some way, do we risk the possibility of the
vaccines becoming ineffective? in other words, taking us back to square one? >> that is a real possibility, lester we don't want to frighten the public, but we want to make sure they understand that we have 93 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not vaccinated if you allow the virus to freely essentially roam through the vulnerable population and infect people, you give it ample opportunity to mutate, which means a person who's unvaccinated is not only putting themselves at risk and their family, but really are putting the community at risk. >> are either history or president on our side in terms of how all this ends, how this virus ends >> there is history and precedent on our side. if you look back at the history of devastating diseases and epidemics, smallpox, polio,
measles, what was the solution to that? it was universal vaccination if we had an attitude of people not wanting to get vaccinated, we may not have eliminated polio from our society you've got to have people appreciate that this is a common enemy. it's the virus we don't have a situation where we have the capability of saying, well, i don't really want to do this because i don't want anybody encroaching on my liberty. >> do you think getting a shot is an act of patriotism? >> i think it really is. if patriotism is being concerned about your society as well as about yourself, then it certainly is it certainly is. >> our thanks to lester for sharing that insightful conversation closing in on kabul. the taliban is sweeping through afghanistan capturing the country's second and third largest cities, kandahar and herat. in response, the u.s. is sending 3,000 troops to help evacuate
embassy staff from the war-torn country. nbc's kelly cobiella is on the front lines for us >> reporter: a shocking announcement before the u.s. completes its full withdrawal of troops from afghanistan. >> this is a temporary mission with a narrow focus. >> reporter: 3,000 additional personnel will be temporarily deployed to kabul airport in the next three days to help evacuate a significant number of embassy staff. taliban fighters are rapidly storming into key cities no one is defending us, the man recording these scenes says. government forces reportedly collapsing in kandahar to the south, herat in the west, and ghazni, just 80 miles from the edge of the capital kabul. all americans need to leave immediately, says the state department, and vowing to increase flights to evacuate afghans who have worked with u.s. troops. but many like this interpreter still don't know if their visa is approved. >> we lost our hopes >> reporter: for the thousands
of afghan families who can't leave, they're seeking refuge in kabul. some saying the taliban is terrorizing villages they capture, targeting government workers and women. in a tweet, the u.s. embassy said the taliban violence is escalating, including executions of surrendered afghan troops girls rode bikes, women shopped, and ran their businesses like this yoga studio, all unthinkable under the taliban. but anxiety and fear are now seeking in the owner of this studio was 19 when the taliban took over in 1996 her daughter is the same age now. >> would you leave the country again? >> i don't know exactly. you cannot make the plan, your future plan. >> reporter: the u.s. and its allies are now trying to convince taliban leadership that no world power will recognize its government if it takes the country by force frances? >> okay, kelly, thank you.
the new census report reveals the u.s. population grew by 7.4% over the last decade, down from 9.7% ten years ago despite the slowing overall population growth, the country is becoming more diverse for the first time on record, the number of people who identify as white alone decreased by 8.6% since 2010 hispanic people account for more than half of the country's population growth in the last ten years. and it's states like texas, the boom in the latino population will aid in gaining more seats in congress. the new data will also be used as a guide for federal funding and will serve as the foundation to redraw 429 house districts in 44 states and 7,383 legislative districts across the country singer britney spears was handed a victory her father jamie spears has agreed to step down from her conservatorship but not right away his legal team says mr. spears is willing to step down when the
time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending the court. britney's lawyer filed her father to be replaced with jason rubin next month the biden administration had already come out against the recall effort that newsom faces, but the president has now given his strongest endorsement. in a statement mr. biden calls newsom a key partner in fighting the pandemic, and he also says the governor is taking on the climate crisis the recall vote is on september 14th the mlb built it and they came the yankees and white sox entered the field of dreams from the corn in the outfield kevin costner who starred in the 1989 movie led the teams out and spoke about the legacy of the film >> on the other side of that corn, we filmed a movie that stood the test of time
thanks to that enduring impact that that little movie had, it's allowed us to come here again. >> on to the game where the yankees staged a late-gamem ande perfect ending for chicago sending a homerun into the corn. the white sox walk off the field of dreams winners 9-8. the mlb commissioner said they are doing it again if that were a movie set, couldn't be any more perfect that was it. >> i lost a lot of sleep over it but every bit of it was worth it let's check in now with a very busy janessa webb. she's been tracking some wicked heat, as well as some heat in the tropics. >> the heat is still in place. if you've been outside or are about to head outside, the air is thick from new york city, philadelphia, d.c., temperatures
are still in the lower 80s, but what's matching that is the humidity levels that are currently in the upper 70s to lower 80s. today now 74 million people impacted with heat warnings or advisories, and they stay in place throughout the afternoon the heat index is still very tough for augusta, georgia, today, it's going to feel like 'll watch flood alerts across florida this afternoon from miami all the way to jacksonville tropical depression fred, i'll have updates and there's a storm behind that we need to watch all that's coming up >> what a summer this has been never ending thank you, janessa two is better than one when it comes to these adorable twin
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right now at 4:30, recall election countdown. days way from the start of voting, governor newsom and his opponents are making their pleas to the bay area. the big endorsement governor newsom just scored. shot down, the first legal fight against vaccine mandates in the supreme court comes to a halt. what that means for bay area colleges. this is "today in the bay." this is also friday morning. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia. >> i'm marcus washington. mike, keeping an eye on the roads, we'll get to that in just a bit.