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USA: Biden commemorates 500,000 lives lost to COVID-1904:34

USA: Biden commemorates 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19

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February 22, 2021 at 23:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Joe Biden marked the milestone of 500,000 Americans killed by the COVID-19 virus with a ceremony at the White House on Monday.

Biden delivered remarks to Americans before observing a moment of silence.

"Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule. It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19. Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined," said the US president.

"As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a staistic or a blur or on the news," he continued.

Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff also took part in the commemoration ceremony outside the White House, where candles were lit.

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US President Joe Biden marked the milestone of 500,000 Americans killed by the COVID-19 virus with a ceremony at the White House on Monday.

Biden delivered remarks to Americans before observing a moment of silence.

"Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule. It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19. Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined," said the US president.

"As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a staistic or a blur or on the news," he continued.

Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff also took part in the commemoration ceremony outside the White House, where candles were lit.