The Morning Dispatch: A Flicker of Congressional Movement

Happy Wednesday! On this day 66 years ago, the United States Senate voted 65-22 to condemn Sen. Joseph McCarthy for conduct “unbecoming a Member of the United States Senate” that “tends to bring the Senate into disrepute.”

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Attorney General Bill Barr undermined President Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

  • A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel voted overwhelmingly yesterday to recommend that the first doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccines be given to health care providers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. If CDC Director Robert Redfield accepts the recommendation, the guidance will be formally issued to the states.

  • The European Union’s chief medicines regulator announced Tuesday that Moderna and Pfizer partner BioNTech have both applied for vaccine approval in the EU. The European Medicines Agency is expected to make a decision on BioNTech’s vaccine by December 29 and Moderna’s vaccine by January 12.

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