WASHINGTON (AP) — With sunset remarks and a national moment of silence, President Joe Biden has offered a head-on acknowledgment of the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden addressed what he called a “grim, heartbreaking milestone” directly and publicly, speaking from a lectern in the White House Cross Hall.
He spoke about the half-million lost Americans as though he knew them, adding that “there’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary.”
REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS OF COVID-19: President Biden delivers remarks on the lives lost to COVID-19 and observes a moment of silence. http://bit.ly/3pN7UN0
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Biden and his wife, Jill, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff then stepped outside to observe a moment of silence at sunset.