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Elaine Thompson / AP

Starbucks, the global retail coffee chain, is planning to add three new members to its board, according to a press release.

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
  • Sam's Club president and CEO Rosalind Brewer
  • Lego Brand Group executive chairman Jørgen Vig Knudstorp

Board member James G. Shennan, Jr. is also retiring after 27 years on the board. Shareholders will vote at the next meeting on March 22.

Tech boost: Nadella's experience at Microsoft, a global technology company, will be an obvious benefit to Starbucks, which has shown eagerness to adopt new technology. Nadella and the other nominees will also up the diversity of Starbucks' board. Women will make up 29% of the board, while 36% will be non-white.

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USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

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Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.