(Washington) Le bilan de l’épidémie de COVID-19 aux États-Unis, qui a dépassé 500 000 morts lundi, est « déchirant », a déclaré le président américain Joe Biden lors d’une allocution depuis la Maison-Blanche.
« Nous devons résister à la tentation de voir chaque vie comme une statistique […] We must do it to honor the dead, ”he added as he prepared to observe a minute of silence in the presence of his wife Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff .
In detail, 500,071 people have succumbed to the virus in the country which also lists more than 28 million cases of contamination, according to the institution based in Baltimore.
“More Americans have died in this pandemic than in WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War combined,” Biden pointed out earlier.
The United States is the most affected country in the world in absolute terms by the pandemic.
These more than 500,000 deaths are “a tragic reminder of the gravity of this pandemic and the suffering inflicted” in our dailies, declared Monday Rochelle Walensky, director of the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the main agency Federal Public Health.
“We have not known anything like this for over 100 years, since the 1918 pandemic,” immunologist Anthony Fauci, adviser to US President Joe Biden, said on Sunday. “It’s something that will go down in history. ”
The threshold of 400,000 deaths was exceeded only about a month ago, in January, the day before the inauguration of Joe Biden, who made the fight against the pandemic one of his priorities at the start of his mandate.
The first death from COVID-19 in the United States was announced at the end of February 2020. It had been about three months before the country crossed the 100,000 death mark, four more months up to 200,000, and just under three more months up to 300,000.
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