President Joe Biden marks the million deaths from COVID-19 in the United States this Thursday and warned the population that they must “stay vigilant against this pandemic and do everything possible to save as many lives as possible.”
In a statement issued by the White House, the president said that Americans should not be complacent in their grief, but that in order to heal “you have to remember.”
Biden will participate this Thursday in the second virtual summit of COVID-19, a global forum designed to coordinate the next steps to face the pandemic, where he said he will appeal for more global commitments to attack the virus.
The meeting is chaired by the United States, Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and Belize.
The White House said Biden will open it with a pre-recorded message stating that dealing with COVID-19 “has to remain an international priority.”
Biden said in his statement that he would order flags to be flown at half-staff this Thursday as a memorial to Americans who perished from COVID-19.
“A million empty chairs at dinner time,” Biden said. “Each one an irreplaceable loss. Each one leaving behind a family, a community and a nation forever changed by this pandemic.”
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