Sunday, February 28, 2021

Biden honors US half a million covid victims


On Monday night, Swedish time, Johns Hopkins University’s census passed 500,000 dead in covid-19 in the United States. President Joe Biden stated at a White House ceremony that there are more than the country’s death toll for World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.

– We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There is no such thing. There is nothing ordinary about them. The people we have lost were extraordinary. They span generations, born in America, emigrated to America. So many of them took their last breaths in solitude in America, the president said according to the BBC.

More than 20 percent of the reported deaths globally have occurred in the United States – a country with four percent of the earth’s population – since the new coronavirus was discovered in China at the end of 2019.

Political division partial explanation

The fact that the United States has been so badly affected is partly due to the political division in the country, where wearing a mouth guard has been seen as a political stance, according to Anthony Fauci, White House covid adviser, in an interview with the news agency Reuters.

– Even under the best of circumstances, this would have been a very serious problem, he says and continues:

– But that does not explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the highest proportion of deaths and be the worst affected country in the world, he says.

Half bar

To draw attention to the gloomy milestone, the flags were lowered at half-mast outside the White House and other federal buildings, as well as at US embassies around the world. Joe Biden gave a speech at a light ceremony at the Presidential residence.

– We must put an end to the politics and disinformation that divides families and communities. We must fight this together as a people, said Biden, who urged people to remain vigilant, keep their distance, wear mouth guards and get vaccinated.

Gustav Sjöholm / TT





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