The president of the United States, Joe Biden, paid tribute this Monday to the more than half a million people killed by covid-19 in the country and assured that “there is light in the dark”, before observing a minute of silence with Vice President Kamala Harris for the deceased.
“We ask (Americans) to join us in remembering, in healing, in finding purpose in the task ahead, in showing that there is light in the dark,” Biden said in an emotional televised address from the House. White.
At about 4:40 p.m. local time on the east coast (9:40 p.m. GMT), the US surpassed half a million deaths from the pandemic on Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
More than 500,000 deceased
Faced with these figures, the president urged “resist becoming insensitive to pain”: “We have to resist seeing each life as a statistic, or an advertisement or in the news.” And he added that “it is equally important to take care of those who have been left behind, the loved ones who have remained.”
500,000 lives lost to COVID-19. It’s an unfathomable number, but each one represents a family that will never again be whole. To those who have lost loved ones: I know no words can numb the pain, but I hope you find some solace in knowing the nation grieves with you.– President Biden (@POTUS) February 22, 2021
“For some of you,” he continued, “it has been a year, a month, a week, a day, even an hour. And I know that when you look at that empty chair at the kitchen table, it all comes back (to the head), no matter how much time has passed, as if it had happened right at the moment you were watching the scene. “
For this reason, he indicated that, as a nation, the Americans should not allow this situation to continue and asked them to remain alert, in addition to maintaining social distance, wearing a mask and going to be vaccinated when their turn comes.
“We must end the politics and misinformation that has divided families, communities in the country, which have already claimed many lives. It is not that Democrats and Republicans are dying from the virus, they are our fellow Americans, our neighbors, friends, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wife … “, he listed.
After his speech, the president accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden, de Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, observed a minute of silence for the deceased on the south porch of the White House.
Biden ordered this Monday that the flags of all federal buildings in the country, including the White House, and official bodies abroad, such as embassies, fly at half mast for the next five days as a sign of mourning.
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