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called getting answers. today we had a mini town hall talking about safety concerns as we return to the classroom. i am dion tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the cdc director signing off on the booster shot. a third shot now for some americans. the booster for immunocompromised people. what the cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky, said late today. what she added about boosters and everyone else. the u.s. now reporting an average of 114,000 new covid cases a day. tonight, the hospitals at a breaking point. dallas, for one, with no icu beds now for children. the other major headline tonight. the first of 3,000 u.s. troops being sent back into afghanistan are now in kabul. the taliban gaining ground. american troops expected to help remove personnel from the u.s. embassy. and tonight we have learned americans at the embassy have been told to destroy sensitive
material on site. and teanosontrkidevelo priden here at home, the the third day of albuquerque. and what authorities have just revealed. tonight, the track has now shifted. the tropical storm warnings now up at this hour. where this system will hit the u.s., and when. and in the east, the severe storms from virginia, washington, d.c., up through new york. rob marciano times it out. the major headline involving new york governor andrew cuomo. the building collapse at a supermarket. reports of people injured. and news on the legendary singer tony bennett. at the age of 95, what his family has revealed.
>evenin here. we have several developing stories. u.s. troops arriving in kabul. and the deadly school shooting here at home. but we will begin with the coronavirus and the key decision that will affect millions of vaccinated americans. the cdc director signing off on a third doze of the pfizer or moderna vaccines to protect millions of immunocompromised people from the delta variant. calling it an important step to help protect millions with weakened immune system. tonight, the worsening situation in several states. more than 80,000 patients hospitalized in the u.s. now. louisiana reporting its highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. and tonight, the alarming headline out of dallas, they've run out of icu beds for children. and with the school year
starting, more than 10,000 students and teachers are quarantined. chicago among the major cities requiring teachers and staff to be vaccinated. our team with ems workers in texas going door-to-door, providing vaccinations the u.s.s increasing. more than 69% of people 12 and older now receiving their first shot. but we start with the new approval for a booster shot, a third shot for millions of americans. marcus moore leading us off tonight from texas. >> reporter: tonight, the cdc recommending vaccine booster shoots for 7 million americans with weakened immune systems. the goal, to help boost immunity for people who may not have gotten enough protection from their first two moderna and pfizer shots. cancer survivor gerry mclaughlin got both pfizer shots, but doctors at the university of pittsburgh still couldn't detect
she had antibodies. so she got a third shot today. >> i'm just so relieved, not only for myself, but for the thousands of other patients that will now have the opportunity to get the booster shot. >> reporter: the immunocompromised, like cancer and transplant patients, face greater risks. one study shows the chance of a vaccinated transplant patient getting a breakthrough infection is 82 times higher. and the risk of hospitalization or death is 485 times higher. dr. anthony fauci telling david they're now studying realtime data on everyone else. tracking how much immunity tapers over time before determining if and when the general population will get boosters. >> dr. fauci, obviously people at home are going to wonder, is everyone else next? >> what we're talking about is data.g a decision based on real- and as soon as we find out that we will need to have to booster people, we're going to be ready to do it right away. that's really what the plan is. >> reporter: the cdc director saying late today the cdc does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
with 80,000 covid patients, american hospitals across the south are sounding the alarm. in the last four days, mississippi has seen younger unvaccinated patients die. >> we've lost four healthy people in their 20s. two of whom were pregnant. zero vaccinated. >> reporter: san antonio, texas, briefly running out of ambulances. dallas running out of pediatric icu beds. >> in dallas, we have zero icu beds left for children. that means if your child's in a car wreck, or more likely if they have covid and need an icu bed, we don't have one. your child will wait for another child to die. your child will just not get on the ventilator. >> reporter: a texas family is mourning the loss of 12-year-old ryland diac. they say he was healthy. but when ryland got covid his mom tells "blue bonnet news" he declined quickly. passing away within days. in corpus christi, ems crews are now racing to get more people vaccinated. >> you feel it?
>> yeah, i feel it. >> it's done. >> okay, that wasn't that bad. >> reporter: we were there as they went door-to-door giving shots to kids like 13-year-old derik leal. >> i feel like you should still wear your mask, even if you have both of your shots. >> reporter: today, chicago and los angeles mandating vaccines for teachers. with schools reopening, more than 10,000 students and teachers across 14 states are now quarantined for exposure to the virus. >> all: my child, my choice! >> reporter: but some parents across the country are pushing back against mask rules. >> parents should have the right to govern their own children. >> reporter: in broward county, florida, schools are requiring masks and defying the governor's order. just days before the new school year, officials report three members of the teaching staff died of covid in just 36 hours. >> marcus with us live tonight from dallas. i know the cdc director is also explaining when the immunocompromised should get the third shot. >> reporter: yes, she recommends
it be given at least four weeks after the second. and it's preferably the same vaccine. this coming just 24 hours after dr. fauci told us they're studying this for everyone else. looking at realtime data to see how immunity wanes over time. >> marcus, thank you. the other major headline this friday night, we've learned that the first of 3,000 u.s. troops heading to kabul to help get american personnel safely out of the embassy are arriving more ground. the biden administration deploying thousands more troops claiming to show them entering kandahar, seizing at least 17 provincial capitals in just the last week. we've also learned that americans at the u.s. embassy have been told to destroy
sensitive materials, and the pentagon was pressed on why they're not calling this a combat mission. you'll hear their answer. here's ian pannell. >> reporter: tonight, with the taliban swiftly closing in on kabul, the first of 3,000 american troops are now there. >> troop movements that we mentioned yesterday are happening as we speak. by the end of weekend, the bulk of the 3,000 that we talked about yesterday will be in place. >> reporter: the taliban taking four more provincial capitals. now just 50 miles from kabul. explosions overnight in kandahar as the militants gained ground in the second largest city. this video released by the taliban purporting to show their triumphant entry. the taliban now controlling more than two-thirds of the country. the pentagon today asked about the militants' rapid takeover. as u.s. troops arrive to evacuate most embassy staff and visa applicants. >> we are certainly concerned by
the speed with which the taliban has been moving. clearly from their actions, it appears as if they are trying to get kabul isolated. >> reporter: but the pentagon was pressed on why they're not calling this a combat mission. >> these soldiers and marines, they're fully kitted out. one night vision goggles landing in kabul taking positions at the airport. they're going to a combat zone, are they not? >> they're certainly going into harm's way, lucas, and they will have -- >> is this a combat zone? >> lucas, they will have the right of self-defense. they will be armed. and as i said yesterday, and i don't think i could have made it any more clear, that if there is an attack upon our forces, our commanders have now, and always have had, the right and responsibility to defend themselves. >> reporter: and tonight officials still insisting afghan forces can fight back.p>> you'vs have the advantage.
what proof can you offer, as the taliban have taken over now vast majorities of the country and they've now surrounded kabul? >> that -- that the taliban have moved with the speed with which they have, and that the resistance that they have faced has been insufficient to stop those. to check those advances does not mean, lucas, that the advantages aren't still there. you have to use it. you have to be willing to apply it. >> reporter: afghans now fleeing to neighboring pakistan. others fleeing north, setting up encampments in kabul. speaking of the terrors they've already witnessed. this woman saying the taliban forced her out of her home in zar begum. they killed her sons, and married off her daughters-in-law. >> ian, we have two questions. what do you know about u.s. personnel at the embassy being
told to destroy sensitive items? and you're hearing that the taliban is sending a peace envoy to kabul? what does this mean? >> reporter: that's right, david. an internal notice obtained by abc news showing the embassies instructed all u.s. personnel to destroy documents and electronic devices to reduce the amount of sensitive material on the property. any items with u.s. logos or american flags. but perhaps a glimmer of hope. we're hearing that a notorious warlord is being dispatched as an envoy to kabul. perhaps a glimmer of hope. >> ian, thank you. we have also learned of the meeting with president biden being briefed on this worsening situation before heading to camp david. it was stephanie ramos pressing the president on the taliban gaining ground, and so quickly. asking the president if his
current plans for afghanistan had changed. he president answered no, and he does not regret his decision to pull out the troops. stephanie, what more are we learning about the president and where he is on this? >> reporter: we're told the president was briefed by his national security team on efforts to safely draw down the civilian imprint in afghanistan. the current plan to withdraw u.s. troops still stands. i'm told if the taliban disrupts operations, the u.s. will defense itself forcefully and decisively. but the white house is taking measures to prevent, detect, and respond to any potential terrorism threats specifically in kabul. i'm told the taliban taking over was a possibility discussed, and the president felt he had two choices. indefinite war, or to draw down our troops after 20 years and
continue the u.s.' counterterrorism effort. >> stephanie, thank you. and to the other news this friday evening. authorities a short time ago on the horrific scene in albuquerque. a deadly shooting at a middle school on just the third day of school. here's zohreen shah tonight. >> reporter: tonight, tragedy as gunshots ring out at an albuquerque middle school killing one student. >> there's an active shooter, washington middle school. >> reporter: just before :3p.bu responding to shots fired as students were on their lunch break outside the school building. that's when the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing several shots. >> we have one juvenile, two gunshot wounds. >> the student who has been shot has unfortunately passed away. >> reporter: this was just the third day of school for students of washington middle school. as shots rang out, students running for their lives, sheltering in place for hours. police quickly arriving on the
scene and arresting the suspect. >> an a.p.s. officer who was outside the school when the shooting occurred, was able to rush over and de-escalate the situation and take the offender into custody with no further violence. >> reporter: terrified parents lining up outside the school, reunited with their children. officials say both the victim and suspect were both 13-year-old boys. tonight, they're investigating what led up to the shooting. david? >> zohreen, thank you. we're also watching severe storms possible in the east tonight. and in florida, the track has shifted with that tropical system heading for the u.s. this weekend. tropical storm warnings up in florida at this hour. the system closing in on the keys, and headed up the gulf coast of florida. but other areas could be hit with this. rob marciano is with us. the track has shifted a bit? >> reporter: yeah, it's taken a big shift to the west. that will give it more time over
the gulf of mexico to strengthen. it's a mess over cuba. but it gets back into the water tomorrow, and then over the keys and stays over the gulf of mexico, gets closer to hurricane watches up for virginia, d.c., and baltimore. a rough next couple of hours. and excessive heat across the west. and another storm behind fred will be on our doorstep by midweek. >> rob, thank you. we're going to move on to the major headline involving new york governor andrew cuomo. tonight, we've learned the new york state assembly will suspend its impeachment investigation. what does this mean?
let's go right to erielle reshef. >> reporter: the speaker says the state does not allow law makes to impeachment after he leaves office. but other evidence will be turned over to authorities. it's unlikely the public will get any more immediate information. but he could run for office in the future, however unlikely that seems at this time. >> erielle, thank you. next tonight, the cdc's revised eviction moratorium has survived a new legal challenge. a federal judge allowing the moratorium to stand for now. the ruling protects millions of renters from being evicted in counties with high rates of covid. landlords claim the cdc does not have the authority, and are expected to appeal.
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with one month to go until the recall election, the newsom campaign shifting into high gear. the governor kicked off a four day statewide campaign today, and volunteers were phone banking to rally support. by democrats, including mayor london breed and the district attorney. their message, democrats of all spectrums oppose the recall. >> we are united in our support for the governor. liz: governor newsom spent time laying out in his remarks what would happen if the recall came to pass. >> he is to the right of donald trump. to the right of donald trump. that is what is at stake in the selection and don't think for a second you cannot do damage in that role. liz: elder campaigned in san jose on thursday at a church