News to Know (8/19/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

Here’s a check of the day’s top headlines, News You Need to Know before heading out the door.

JOPLIN, Mo. – More than 100 area physicians sign a letter addressed to local school districts imploring the districts to adopt universal masking. Doctors from Mercy, Freeman, and even those not affiliated with either hospital signed the letter. The letter was addressed to 12 districts in our area pushing for 11 of those districts to adopt universal masking. The districts we heard back from are making masks voluntary, at least for the beginning of school. Physicians implore area schools to require universal masking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. health officials announce plans to deliver covid-19 booster shots to all Americans. The plan calls for booster doses eight months after people get their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The announcement comes in response to CDC data that shows waning immunity for initial shots. Newton County’s health director says he’s heard from a number of 4-staters already interested in boosters. US health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19

KABUL, Afghanistan – Today is independence day in Afghanistan. The world is watching to see whether the occasion could be marked by protests against the Taliban, now in control of the country. This, as evacuation flights continue, but not at the pace officials hoped for. Thousands of Americans are still waiting to get out, and afghans are struggling to reach the airport through Taliban blockades.

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