President BidenJoe BidenBiden will observe a minute of silence for 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 Publix offers employees receiving the COVID-19 vaccine a gift card from 5 stores Schumer says it is working to find votes to confirm Biden’s OMB election MORE Monday mourned the loss of more than 500,000 Americans to the new coronavirus and called for unity in the battle against the pandemic.
In a personal statement from the White House, Biden reflected on the “truly grim and heartbreaking milestone” of surpassing 500,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19. He described his own experiences of grief and loss of loved ones as he paid tribute to those who died during the past year.
“As a nation, we cannot accept such a cruel fate,” Biden said. “While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to pain. We have to resist seeing each life as a statistic, a blur, or news. We must do it to honor the dead but, equally important, to care for the living, those left behind. “
Biden noted at the beginning of his address that he carries a card every day that shows him the number of Americans who have died from COVID-19. He also referenced correspondence with Americans affected by the virus, including a man he met on a trip to Michigan last week whose father-in-law was dying of COVID-19.
“Birthdays, anniversaries, vacations without them. And the everyday things – the little things, the little things – that you miss the most: that smell when you open the closet, that park you walk through and that you used to walk in. That movie theater where they met. That morning coffee they shared together. “
The United States surpassed the grim threshold of 500,000 American deaths from coronavirus early Monday, about a year after the first confirmed death from COVID-19 in the country. Almost 2.5 million people have died worldwide from the virus.
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The Marine Band played “Amazing Grace” while remaining silent. The flags at the White House were also lowered to half-mast to mark those who were lost to the virus.
Biden’s approach was in contrast to that of his predecessor, the former President TrumpDonald Trump, a former Florida officer arrested after a live broadcast from inside the U.S. Capitol During a breach, the FBI says Schumer says he is working to find votes to confirm that Biden’s election to the OMB Pence declined invitation to attend CPAC: report MORE, who often downplayed the threat of the virus in public comments and in practice while holding large campaign rallies and official events. When the death toll reached 100,000 last May, Trump acknowledged the “very sad milestone” in a tweet the next day.
Biden in his speech urged Americans to maintain social distancing practices and the wearing of masks to prevent further spread of the virus at a time when cases are declining but remain high across the country.
“Today I ask all Americans to remember, remember those we lost, those we left behind. But as we all remember, I also ask that we act, that we be vigilant, that we remain socially distant, that we mask ourselves. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn, ”Biden said. “We must end the politics and misinformation that has divided families, communities and the country and has already cost too many lives. It is not the Democrats and Republicans who are dying from the virus; they are our compatriots. “
“We have to fight this together, as one people, like the United States of America. That is the only way we are going to defeat this virus, ”he continued. “That this is not a story of how far we fell, but of how far we climbed.”
The approval of coronavirus vaccines represents an important positive milestone in the country’s battle against coronavirus.
The Biden administration now faces the challenge of distributing vaccines to states and ensuring that Americans are vaccinated.
An episode of severe weather disrupted distribution last week, but the White House’s senior coronavirus response adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters Monday that the dose accumulation would be delivered in the middle of this week.
Coronavirus cases have declined since their peak in January, but remain high across the country, and public health experts urge Americans to continue to practice social distancing and wear masks to prevent further spread of the virus.
“We continue to see trends going in the right direction, but cases, hospital admissions and deaths remain at very high levels,” said the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyCalifornia will drop 10 percent of vaccinations for educators The epidemic behind the mask: COVID-related educational inequalities Conservative group launches a series of announcements pushing for the reopening of schools MORE he told reporters on Monday. She called the 500,000 milestone “a truly tragic reminder of the enormity of this pandemic.”