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Sen. Kelly Loeffler addresses supporters during a rally on Thursday. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Sen. Kelly Loeffler's (R-Ga.) campaign announced Monday that she "looks forward to getting back out on the campaign trail" after testing negative for COVID-19 for a second time, following earlier conflicting results.

Why it matters: Loeffler has been campaigning at events ahead of a Jan. 5 runoff in elections that'll decide which party holds the Senate majority. Vice President Mike Pence was with her on Friday.

Catch up quick: Loeffler's campaign said Saturday she would quarantine with no COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive and then later returning an inconclusive result for the virus.

  • It said Sunday that test came back negative, but she would continue to follow CDC guidelines and self-isolate until she's able to get a more conclusive negative result.

Of note: Loeffler has faced criticism for not following CDC guidelines at campaign events, including holding rallies with most attendees not wearing masks, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes she usually wears face coverings.

  • The New York Times reports that Loeffler "was indoors and unmasked among unmasked crowds at an event last Thursday," though she wore one while meeting with voters lined up to see her.
  • Loeffler traveled with Pence on a bus for much last Friday and stood near Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and her fellow Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, who also faces a runoff, per the Washington Post.

What they're saying: Loeffler campaign spokesperson Stephen Lawson said in a statement Monday after her second consecutive negative PCR test result that the senator "continues to feel great, and has no symptoms."

  • A spokesperson for Pence did not immediately return Axios' request for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details, including on the negative results Loeffler received on Sunday and again on Monday.

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The U.K. government announced Wednesday it approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, which "will be made available across the U.K. from next week."

Why it matters: The U.K. has beaten the U.S. to become the first Western country to give emergency approval for a vaccine that's found to be 95% effective with no serious side effects against a virus that's killed nearly 1.5 million people globally.

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Tuesday the U.S. could achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 by the end of next summer or fall if there's a "good uptake" of Americans vaccinating against the virus.

Driving the news: Fauci said during an online video conversation with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) he expects the general population to have access to the vaccines U.S regulators are now considering by April.

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Putin says Russia will begin large-scale COVID-19 vaccination next week

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he has directed officials to begin large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 as early as next week, according to state media.

Why it matters: Russia, which has the fourth-largest coronavirus caseload in the world with more than 2.3 million infections, would be the first country to begin mass vaccination. Experts have criticized the lack of scientific transparency around the vaccine and the haste with which the Kremlin approved it.