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news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it' it's tuesday, august 17th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight. booster shots for the vaccinated. how soon all-americans could need a third shot to fight off the coronavirus. i'm clear on my answer. i will not repeat the mistakes we've made in the past. >> defending his decision. president biden stands by the withdrawal of troops from afghanistan as desperate civilians try to flee from the taliban takeover. grace hits haiti. the storm regains strength and dumps heavy rain jeopardizing search and rescue efforts following a powerful earthquake.
good morning, i'm tom hanson in for anne-marie green. we begin with breaking developments in the fight against the coronavirus. the biden administration could recommend as soon as this week covid booster shots for all eligible americans. people regardless of age would need it eight months after they received their second dose. the move is being taken to protect against the highly contagious delta variant which is fueling the spread of new cases across the country. right now more than 168 million americans are fully vaccinated against the virus. that's roughly 5151% of the u.s popula population. one of the states hardest hit by the virus is la l. since the start of the weekend, more than 13,000 covid cases have been recorded with nearly 3,000 people currently hospitalized. that's the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
>> how close are we to medics refusing to transport patients because there are no hospital beds left? >> we're days away from that happening right now. less than a week. >> the governor has no plans to mandates across louisiana. president biden is standing by his decision to pull troops from afghanistan even as taliban militants seize power in the war torn country. he called scenes like this one gut wrenching as afghans ran alongside a u.s. military jet including some who frantically clung on the aircraft. it grounded military flights but they resumed this morning continuing to evacuate diplomats and civilians. this dramatic picture shows hundreds of people crammed inside a military plane yesterday as they escaped afghanistan. bradley blackburn is following the latest from new york. bradley, good morning to you.
>> reporter: tom, good morning. president biden is facing more criticism over the way this has unfolded. while the president is defending his decision to withdraw troops, he also acknowledges the taliban moved far faster thanu.s. expected. dspite the chaos unfolding in afghanistan, the president said pulling the military out was the right decision. >> after 20 years, i've learned the hard way. there was never a good time to withdraw u.s. forces. >> reporter: the president admitted being surprised by the speed of the taliban takeover but insused the u.s. won't be pulled back intnto the conflict >> american troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dieing in a war that afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves. >> reporter: on tuesday the taliban began consolidating its control over kabul. the airport was over run by thousands of civilians desperate
to leave the country. some tried to climb aboard the outside of the transport. at least seven people were killed in the chaos. >> what we have seen is an unmitigated disaster, a stachb on the reputation of the united states of america. >> reporter: republicans and some democrats expressed dismay on the return of the taliban. >> i'm going to be asking tough questions about how and why the taliban triumph was so much speedier than anyone anticipated. >> reporter: roughly 6,000 u.s. troops have been deployed to afghanistan. the pentagon said the primary mission is to keep the kabul airport open. so many people will not be able lanesnd th says8lieople areeed u.n. military assistance. that is half of the country.
>> bradley blackburn in new york. thank you. ahead on "cbs this morning" we'll talk with jeh johnson, former secretary of homeland security. we'll get his thoughts on potential national security threats in the wake of the collapse of the country. grace has made landfall. the heavy rain and strong winds are leaving people with nowhere to go. the rainfall could reach 15 inches in some areas before the storm moves on. the death toll from the earthquake has jumped to more than 1400 with at least 6,000. vladimir duthiers reports from port au prince. >> reporter: this shows the widespread destruction. now dozens of search and rescue
teams are desperately digging through mountains of debris looking for any signs of survivors. good samaritans use their bare hands to pull this woman and young boy to safety after they were buried under this collapsed building. the epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude quake struck near les cayes. this young woman is being treated for two broken legs. she was injured by falling debris as the earthquake hit. she said she started to run when broken concrete fell on her and a man by her side who was killed. this is just another major set back for a country that hasn't fully recovered from the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people and a nation still reeling from the
assassination of its president just over a month ago. they say there is hope. >> we understand the dire situation we are in but we will come out of it. >> reporter: the storm could dump enough rain in the quake zone where hundreds of thousands of survivors are sleeping out in the open and that could potentially bring disease and hunger. they're promising to increase relief efforts by ten fold. vladimir duthiers, cbs news, port au prince, haiti. flash flood warnings as fred threatens heavy rain. there are wind gusts of 60 miles an hour. right now the storm is barrelling no flood alert stretches as far north as virginia. up to a foot of rain is expected in some place joos coming up, historic declaration.
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emergency vehicles. it comes after a report by the national highway traffic safety administration identified 11 crashes since 2018. in each incident the teslas were on auto pilot or traffic aware cruise control and hit parked emergency vehicles like police cars or fire trucks with flashing lights. 17 people were hurt and one died. if you're looking for a job, aldi wants you. the supermarket chain plans to hire more than 20,000 people for positions including store associate, cashier, stocker and warehouse associate. aldi will pay store employees 15 bucks an hour and warehouse employees will start at $19 an hour. the company will hold interviews starting september 20th. there are more than 2100 aldi stores across the country. tom, in the market for a luxury car? that's good for the environment. more than a dozen high end automakers are showing off their latest hybrid and electric
models at monterey car week in california. lamborghini is debuting the brand new countach. it can hit 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. the price tag, $2.5 million. that's all, tom. you've got it. >> some chump change. elise, all of those look a whole lot better than the used '93 camry i drove in high school. which one would you pick? >> hey, listen, i'm a new yorker. i'm sticking with my med throw card. >> smart. okay. a lady of the people. i get it, elise. elise preston at the new york stock exchange. thank you. up next, we'll reveal the latest musicians who will be inducted into the country music hall of fame. c hall of fame. it's ubrelvy. for anytime, anywhere migraine strikes, without worrying if it's too late, or where i am. one dose can quickly stop my migraine in its tracks within two hours.
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our top stories this our top stories this morning. the biden administration could recommend as soon as this week covid booster shots for all-americans. people regardless of age would need it eight months after they received their second dose. the move is being taken against the highly contagious delta variant which is fueling new cases. mr. biden called scenes like this one gut wrenching asghs rn military jet. this morning military flights to evacuate diplomats and
resumed. since about 1990, 1,000 children in the u.s. have died in a hot car. more incidents are happening this summer. anthony pura reports. last month phoenix police officer smashed out a car window to rescue a 2-year-old that was burning up in his car seat. the mother had just returned from the grocery store and accidentally locked her keys inside. >> after he was checked out it was great to see he was playing with his leggos, having a good time. >> reporter: unfortunately these cases often end in tragedy. just a few weeks later a 7-month-old boy died after being left in a parked car. >> don't think this can't happen to you. >> theona bien lost her baby while the baby-sitter left the baby in the car. >> she died after suffering . >
that no other familyufbien now advocacy group kids in cars which says 14 children have died in hot vehicles so far this year. there are ways to prevent this kind of tragedy. you can put your phone, wallet or purse in the back seat with your child which will serve as a reminder. >> it's also important to set up alerts with your child's school and they will call if they don't get them at the appointed time. >> kids can claim into cars and lock the doors. >> parents should lock their car doors becauseldrene to play. >> simple steps that can help save lives. anthony pura, cbs news, los angeles. >> several newer cars have technology that alert the driver when a child is in the back seat. there is currently legislation in congress that would make the
warning mandatory in all new vehicles. coming up on "cbs this morning," the growing number of people canceling their travel plans amid the spread of the delta variant. plus, we'll speak with former homeland security secretary jeh johnson. and oscar winning actress and singer jennifer hudson joins us in the studio to tell us about playing aretha franklin in the new movie "respect." thank you so much for watching. i'm tom hanson. have a great day. ♪ ♪ ♪