Still, the overbearing Covid-19 pandemic kept it from front pages and ensured that a near-fatal blow to a deadly disease occurred with little fanfare.
“It doused the massive jubilation, and publicity, and recognition such a milestone deserves,” said Dr. Tunji Funsho, the person more responsible than anyone else for the eradication of wild polio from Nigeria, and with it Africa.
But the moment was “a huge sigh of relief,” added Funsho, whose work as chair of Rotary International’s polio-eradication program in Nigeria earned him a spot on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
“Having seen and held children paralyzed
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It’s a constitutionally mandated ritual that’s typically no more than a curious afterthought following a presidential election, but the ceremonial vote took on newfound significance this year as President Donald Trump and his GOP allies made unprecedented efforts to subvert the popular will of the voters and overturn Biden’s November victory.
The vote finally shook loose statements acknowledging Biden’s win from previously reluctant Republicans, but Republican-appointed electors in several states gathered to hold symbolic votes for Trump — while a retiring Republican congressman announcing he was leaving the party over his colleagues’ unwillingness to move on.
The Electoral College votes
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