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October 5, 2021: Biden on debt ceiling, Oil spill, Taiwan and China, Delta variant, Opioid epidemic

Reuters, 05 Oct 2021
October 5, 2021: Biden on debt ceiling, Oil spill, Taiwan and China, Delta variant, Opioid epidemic

1. President Joe Biden said the federal government could breach its $28.4 trillion debt limit in a historic default unless Republicans join Democrats in voting to raise it in the two next weeks.

2. Taiwan needs to be on alert for China's "over the top" military activities, the premier said, after a record 56 Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan's air defence zone.

3. More oil from a massive offshore spill landed on the southern California shore, with beaches closed and dead fish and birds washing up on shore as officials investigated whether a ship anchor striking a pipeline could have triggered the leak.

4. The summer spike in cases fueled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus is likely the last big COVID-19 wave in the United States, but the pandemic is far from over globally, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

5. Pharmacy operators including CVS and Walmart fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by failing to stop massive quantities of addictive painkillers from reaching the black market, a lawyer for two Ohio counties said at the start of a trial.

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