Biden referred to as the milestone “actually grim” and “heartbreaking” as he famous the pandemic has taken extra American lives than WWI, WWII and the Vietnam Struggle mixed.
“That’s extra lives misplaced to this virus than every other nation on Earth,” Biden stated.
At the very least 500,071 individuals had died of the virus on the time of his remarks.
The president empathized with households who’ve suffered the lack of a liked one because of COVID-19, reminding them that there’s a approach via the sorrow and grief.
“To those that have misplaced family members that is what I do know, they’re by no means actually gone, they’ll at all times be a part of your coronary heart,” Biden stated. “The day will come when the reminiscence of the liked one you misplaced will convey a smile to your lips earlier than a tear to your eye … my prayer for you is that [those days] will come sooner somewhat than later.”
The president, first woman, vp and second gentleman held a second of silence outdoors of the White Home, the place there have been 500 lit candles meant to signify the greater than 500,000 American lives misplaced.
Biden additionally urged People to withstand turning into “numb” to the demise toll, and to not view the deaths merely as a statistic reported on tv.
“We will discover objective – objective worthy of the lives they lived and worthy of the nation we love,” Biden stated.