US President Joe Biden will announce that the United States has crossed the 500 mark of deaths due to the Corona virus with a moment of silence and candlelit lighting at the White House.
The country is expected to pass that huge number on Monday, just over a year after the first death in the United States from the virus.
The White House said Biden would deliver a speech at sunset in honor of those who lost their lives. Biden will be joined by First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Imhoff.
Earlier Sunday, Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that Americans will likely still need to wear masks in 2022 even as other restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19 are relaxed.
The numbers of daily infection with the Coronavirus in the United States are declining dramatically, but thousands of Americans still die every day because of the virus, and less than 15 percent of the population has been vaccinated.
President Joe Biden is trying to speed up a campaign to vaccinate most adults, while state governments are calling for more doses to curb the disease that has killed nearly 500,000 people in the United States.
Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, said in an interview with CNN that the death toll that the country is approaching represents a “terrible historical milestone in the history of this country.”
When asked whether the Americans should expect to still need to wear masks next year, Fauchi said, “It is likely that the situation will be like this,” adding that this depends on the level of spread of the virus in different regions and its possible strains.
In a separate interview with “Fox News Sunday”, Fauchi said that the currently available vaccines seem to protect against the strain that appeared in Britain and that appeared throughout the United States, but it appears less effective in preventing the South African strain, which is not yet prevalent. in the country.
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