BIDEN CALLS 500.000 COVID-19 DEATH TOLL A “HEARTBREAKING MILESTONE”


24/02/2021




İrem UZUN -TDO- President Joe Biden called for Americans to act in unity to combat the COVID-19 pandemic while marking the "grim, heartbreaking" milestone of more than 500,000 deaths Monday. "As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said.

The president and vice-president, and their spouses, then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony. The president ordered all flags on federal property to be lowered to half-mast for the next five days. At the White House, he opened his speech by noting that the number of American deaths from COVID was higher than the death toll from World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined. "Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone- 500,071 dead," he said. “This nation will smile again. This nation will know sunny days again. This nation will know joy again,” Biden added. “And as we do, we’ll remember each person we've lost, the lives they lived, the loved ones they left behind. We will get through this I promise you.” 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement in response to the milestone stating that Congress is working to pass Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. "The loss of 500,000 American lives from the coronavirus is a horrific human toll of staggering proportions and incomprehensible sadness," Pelosi said. "Every life lost is a profound tragedy that we mourn and that breaks America's heart."


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