AMERICA KILLED – President Joe Biden, who spoke from the White House, called the toll of the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States “heartbreaking”.
– HG with AFP
The toll of the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States, which topped 500,000 deaths on Monday, is “heartbreaking”, US President Joe Biden said in a moving speech from the White House.
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“We must resist the temptation to see every life as a statistic (…) We must do this 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. “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.
A tribute to the White House
After the 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 a marine orchestra.
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 American flag of the building has also been half-masted in tribute to those missing from Covid-19.
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With 500,159 people having succumbed to the virus and more than 28 million cases of contamination, the United States is the country most affected in the world in absolute value by the pandemic.
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