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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) departs from a luncheon with Senate Republicans in the U.S. Capitol building on August 05, 2021. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

YouTube suspended Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for seven days on Tuesday over a video claiming that cloth masks are not effective in fighting COVID-19, CNN reports.

Driving the news: "This resulted in a first strike on the channel, which means it can't upload content for a week, per our longstanding three strikes policy," a YouTube spokesperson told CNN.

  • "We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities."
  • Paul took to Twitter to express his disagreement with YouTube's decision. "A badge of honor ... leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work," Paul wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.
  • YouTube cited a line from Paul's video that stated that "most of the masks you get over the counter don't work" as an example of the offending comment, per CNN.
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The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, pending authorization from the FDA of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, and tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots.

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Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday the U.S. "may need to update" its definition for what it means to have full vaccination against COVID.

The big picture: The CDC and the FDA have officially approved boosters with every authorized vaccine in the U.S. for people who meet specific requirements. Walensky explained that since not everyone is eligible for a booster, the definition has not been changed "yet."

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Why it matters: The senator says he's begun to ask that question as more and more people lose confidence in governments, which used to have a monopoly on money.