A few weeks after taking office, Joe Biden announced in a speech that the “heartbreaking” toll of the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States had exceeded 500,000 dead. This is more than the two World Wars and the Vietnam War combined.
“We must resist the temptation to see every life as a statistic (…) We must do it to honor the dead,” Joe Biden said in a moving voice at the White House, before observing a minute of silence in the presence of his wife Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff.
“As a nation, we cannot accept such a cruel fate. As we have struggled for so long against this pandemic, we must not become numb with grief,” the president said again.
“I also ask that we take action, that we remain vigilant, that we keep our distance, that we wear masks, that we get vaccinated,” he added. “We must end the policies of disinformation that have divided families, communities and the country. It has already cost too many lives. We must fight united.”
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The light of 500 candles and the sound of 500 bells
After this speech, the two couples of the American executive appeared in front of the White House, where they meditated a few moments, first silent then accompanied in this tribute by the very popular hymn “Amazing Grace”, played by an orchestra of marines.
Joe Biden then signed himself, surrounded by 500 candles to symbolize the 500,000 dead arranged on the balcony of the White House and on the stairs leading to it, before disappearing from view and cameras. The bells of the Washington National Cathedral also rang 500 times.
The White House announced the half-masting for five days of the flags on all federal buildings.
More deaths than three wars combined
According to figures announced Monday by Johns Hopkins University, which refers to the United States, 500,071 people have now succumbed to the virus in the country, which also lists more than 28 million cases of contamination. The United States is by far the most affected country in the world in absolute terms by the pandemic.
“More Americans have died in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined,” Biden said during his speech.
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 passed about three months before the country crossed the 100,000 dead mark, four more months up to 200,000 and a little less than three more months until 300,000.
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