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Joe Biden remembers the 500,000 Americans dead from Covid-19

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Joe Biden remembers the 500,000 livees lost

With the death toll from Covid-19 in the United States approaching half a million — a figure surpassing the number of Americans killed in any conflict since the civil war — President Biden held a solemn ceremony at the White House.

A year after the first deaths from the virus in Santa Clara County, California, the president and the first lady, Jill Biden, along with Kamala Harris, the vice-president, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were due to mark the deaths with a candle-lighting ceremony. In the hour before the ceremony the National Cathedral in Washington said its bells would toll five hundred times.

President Joe Biden acknowledged the pain of the nation on Monday as the United States marked more than 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus at a candlelit ceremony at the White House, but he also offered words of hope and healing.

'Today we mark a truly grim heart breaking milestone,' he said in a speech to the nation before praying in silent on the South Portico of the White House where 500 candles were lit to symbolize the 500,000 dead.

'We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There's no such thing. There was nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary,' he declared.



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