Dr. Anthony Fauci throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park on July 23. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci set an all-time print run record with his baseball card from leading manufacturer Topps, the company announced Monday.

Catch up quick: Fauci kept his ceremonial first pitch socially distanced from home plate last week, which did not deter fans from buying over 50,000 of his limited edition trading cards.

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Oct 19, 2020 - Health

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander defends Fauci amid Trump attacks

Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, speaks during a committee hearing. Photo: Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) praised NIAID Director Anthony Fauci on Monday, tweeting that the U.S. would have fewer COVID-19 cases if more Americans "paid attention to his advice."

Between the lines: Alexander, who is retiring at the end of this year, did not specifically name Donald Trump, but his comments came less than 30 minutes after the president escalated his attacks on Fauci on Twitter.

Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks

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Several Republican senators defended Anthony Fauci after a string of attacks in recent days from President Trump, who has called the government's top infectious-disease expert "a disaster" and claimed without evidence that he's a Democrat.

Why it matters: As polls indicate warning signs for both Trump and down-ballot Republicans, more GOP leaders are urging the president to stop downplaying the pandemic and listen to advice from public health experts. Fauci is one of the most trusted voices in the country on coronavirus issues.

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