American President Joe Biden and his deputy, Kamala Harris, paid tribute to the 500,000 killed as a result of the covid-19 in the United States. The mark was reached on Monday, according to monitoring done by Johns Hopkins University.
Biden and his wife, Jill, attended a candlelit ceremony and spent a minute in silence at the White House, out of respect for the victims of the disease. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, also participated.
“500 thousand lives lost to covid-19. It is an unfathomable number, but each represents a family that will never be whole again. For those who have lost loved ones: I don’t know what words can ease the pain, but I hope you find some comfort in knowing that the nation suffers from you “, wrote Biden, on social networks.
“American families lost more than 500,000 sons and daughters, mothers and fathers to covid-19. Today and every day, we are remembering them and fighting for them,” said Kamala.
The United States has now become the first country to surpass the 500,000 death mark caused by covid-19, according to a survey by Johns Hopkins University. In all, the country has already added 500,071 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, in addition to 28,174,133 confirmed cases.
With about 330 million inhabitants, the United States today has more than twice as many deaths as Brazil, the runner-up, which records 247,143 deaths from the coronavirus. The country also has 2.5 times more infected than India (11,005,850), which has approximately three times the American population.
The U.S. reached 400,000 deaths from covid-19 on January 19, about a year after the first death was confirmed on February 29, 2020.
Vaccination is hope
The country initiated immunization against covid-19 on December 14 last year. Since then, according to data from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 44 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine – and of these, 19.4 million have already received two.
Today, the United States has an average of 1.7 million immunizations applied per day, a number that is expected to increase in the coming weeks. In a recent interview with CNN, Biden was confident of reaching 600 million doses – enough to vaccinate the entire population – by the end of July.
“God willing, this Christmas will be different than the last,” said the president on Sunday (21), during a visit to a Pfizer vaccine factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
With information from AFP agency