President Joe Biden ordered the US flag to be flown at half-mast on government buildings until sunset on Friday, in memory of the more than 500,000 victims of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
In a brief speech, Biden said that reaching this number of Covid-19 victims is heartbreaking, and has exceeded the number of US casualties in the two world wars and the Vietnam War.
The US President asked his citizens to “remember those we lost” and to remain “vigilant, maintain social distancing and wear masks,” to fight and defeat this pandemic.
The US President said that he will stand at the White House, a minute of silence, to mourn the lives of the victims, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, his Vice President Kamala Harris and second man Doug Imhoff, asking the Americans to join them.
And Biden had ordered, earlier Monday, that flags be flown at half-mast for 5 days, after the deaths of the Corona pandemic exceeded the half-million mark.
White House correspondents released pictures of the American flag lying on the roof of the presidential building.
The United States passed this huge number, just over a year after recording the first death in the United States from the virus.
Earlier, Biden assured the Americans that the vaccine against Corona is safe, and he tweeted: “My message to all Americans … the vaccine is safe.” He added in his tweet on Twitter: “We will not win the pandemic without receiving the Corona vaccine.”
The National Cathedral honors the memory of the victims
Concurrently, Washington National Cathedral rang its large funeral bell 500 times Monday evening, in memory of those who died due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the number of deaths in the United States exceeded the half million mark.
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