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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There are the Americans who are worried about paying for medical bills stemming from the coronavirus, and then there's the super-wealthy.

Between the lines: Viruses don't care about someone's income, but money can certainly buy extra precautions and assurances, as Bloomberg reports, and the rich often have access to scientists and health experts that the rest of us don't have.

  • They can also use private planes for transportation out of town and purchase high-end concierge medical care — without having to worry about its price tag.

The bottom line: "Resources like money and transportation and information give people head starts on protective and preventive measures, and can help create more comfortable scenarios for people to cope with disasters," Jewel Mullen, associate dean for health equity at the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, told Bloomberg.

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Why it matters: They're the highest-level names yet announced who will have a role in what Biden is promising will be a far-reaching climate and energy agenda.

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A face familiar to Wall Street is back as a central player that this time will need to steer the country out of a deep economic crisis.

Driving the news: President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to nominate former Fed chair Janet Yellen to be Treasury secretary.

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In his first on-camera interview in four years, Charles Koch told "Axios on HBO" that he "screwed up by being partisan," rather than approaching his network's big-spending political action in a more nonpartisan way.

Why it matters: Koch — chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, which Forbes yesterday designated as America's largest private company — has been the left's favorite face of big-spending political action.

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