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Filipinos line up to buy face masks in Manila on Friday. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

A 44-year-old man — who was a Wuhan resident but died in the Philippines Saturday — has become the first person outside of China to die from the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed in a statement.

This is the first reported case outside of China. However, we need to keep in mind that he came from Wuhan, China."
Statement by Rabi Abeyasinghe, WHO representative in the Philippines

Details: The man was one of two confirmed cases of the virus in the Philippines, per the statement.

  • Both patients are residents of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, and both cases had been in close contact.
  • The man who died was found to have "mixed pathogens" in his system — including Streptococcus pneumoniae and viral influenza B, said Rabi Abeyasinghe, the WHO's representative in the Philippines.
  • The Philippines Department of Health was "rapidly identifying those who may have come into close contact with the cases," the WHO said.

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Michigan board certifies Biden's win

Poll workers count absentee ballots in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 4. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday, making President-elect Joe Biden's win there official and granting him the state's 16 electoral votes.

Why it matters: Republican Party leaders had unsuccessfully appealed to delay the official certification, amid the Trump campaign's failed legal challenges in key swing states.

Biden to nominate Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary

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President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to nominate former Fed Chair Janet Yellen as his Treasury Secretary, four people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Yellen, 74, will bring instant economic celebrity to Biden’s team and, if confirmed, she will not only be the first female Treasury Secretary but also the first person to have held all three economic power positions in the federal government: the chair of Council of Economic Advisers, the chair of Federal Reserve and the Treasury Secretary.

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AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford on Monday reported promising efficacy data for their COVID-19 vaccine, which has less stringent storage requirements than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and may be distributed earlier in developing countries.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the state of vaccine and therapeutics manufacturing with Bob Nelsen, a successful biotech investor who on Monday launched Resilience, a giant new pharma production platform that he believes will prepare America for its next major health challenges.

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