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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Capitol on Oct. 1. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Senate Judiciary Committee has officially scheduled Judge Amy Coney Barrett's first Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Oct. 12–15.

Why it matters: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that the Senate is moving "full steam ahead" on the process to confirm Barrett before the election, despite three Republican senators testing positive for the coronavirus last week.

  • Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tested positive after they attended a White House event for President Trump to formally introduce Barrett.
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has also tested positive. He said Monday that he would wear a "moon suit" if that's what it took to vote on Barrett's confirmation in person. "Where there's a will, there's a way," Johnson said.

Between the lines: A committee aide told Axios that senators will have the option to participate virtually and that social distancing, sanitary and PPE stations, and other public health measures will be implemented.

Go deeper: Senate postpones floor activity, but not Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

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Updated Jan 12, 2021 - Health

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine expected to provide immunity for at least 1 year

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Moderna's coronavirus vaccine will provide immunity from the disease for at least one year, the biotech company said Monday per Reuters.

Why it matters: Moderna's vaccine is one of two now authorized for emergency use in the U.S., as coronavirus cases surge past 22.5 million nationally and 90.8 million globally.

Jan 12, 2021 - Health

Scoop: The Trump administration's plan to speed up vaccinations

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Trump administration is set to deliver new guidelines today that will get coronavirus vaccinations moving much faster.

Driving the news: New federal guidelines will recommend opening up the process to everyone older than 65, and will also aim to move doses out the door rather than holding some back.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Jan 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: McConnell leans toward convicting Trump

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There's a better than 50-50 chance that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would vote to convict President Trump in an impeachment trial, sources tell Axios.

What they're saying: "The Senate institutional loyalists are fomenting a counterrevolution" to Trump, said a top Republican close to McConnell.