22 Feb. President Joe Biden called for Americans to act in unison to fight the pandemic of COVID-19 while marking Monday’s “grim, heartbreaking” landmark of more than 500,000 deaths.According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, Biden ordered flags to fly at half-staff and held a moment of silence at the White House on Monday evening as the United States recorded 500,071 deaths since the start of the pandemic.Biden, speaking before the vigil, urged Americans to “remember each person and the life they lived” while recognizing the scale of mass death.
We often hear people identified as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing, they don’t have something ordinary,”We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing, there’s nothing ordinary about them,” “The people we lost were extraordinary they spanned generations, born in America, immigrated to America but just like that so many of them took their final death alone in America.”Biden also claimed that the country should not “accept such a cruel fate” and urged Americans to take measures to stop the spread of the virus by putting aside political differences.
“As we all remember, I also ask us to act, to remain vigilant to stay socially distant, to mask up, get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” he said. “We must end the politics and misinformation that has divided families and communities in the country and has cost too many lives already.”According to Johns Hopkins, the United States leads the country with a total of 28,174,133 confirmed infections in both deaths and cases, after adding 56,079 new cases and 1,235 deaths on Monday.
In reaction to the landmark, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement saying that Congress is preparing to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Bill. “The loss of 500,000 American lives from the coronavirus is a horrific human toll of staggering proportions and incomprehensible sadness,” said Pelosi. “Every life lost is a profound tragedy that we mourn and that breaks America’s heart.”