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July 21, 2021: Dr. Fauci Rand Paul clash, Fox News, Milwaukee Bucks, Air quality NYC, China floods

Reuters, 21 Jul 2021
Five stories to know for July 21: July 21, 2021: Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci clash, Fox News, Milwaukee Bucks, Wildfires and Air quality, China floods

1. U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci had a heated exchange during a Senate hearing with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, in which he accused Fauci of lying about the National Institutes of Health providing funding for research at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology.

2. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says she is in regular contact with the conservative news network Fox News about its coverage of the COVID-19 vaccine. The White House understands "the importance of reaching Fox's audience about the COVID-19 vaccines and their benefits," Psaki said.

3. The Milwaukee Bucks, powered by a masterpiece from Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, ended their 50-year wait for a second NBA championship with a win over the Phoenix Suns.

4. Wildfires raging across the western United States and Canada, including a "monster" two-week-old blaze in Oregon, on Tuesday belched smoke and soot that gusted eastward and caused harmful air pollution as far away as New York City.

5. At least 25 people have died in China's flood-stricken central province of Henan, a dozen of them in a subway line in its capital that was drenched by what weather officials called the heaviest rains for 1,000 years.



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