President Joe Biden is expected to mark the tragic milestone with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony on Monday night, February 22.
On Sunday, February 21, the U.S. stood at the threshold of reaching 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 according to the figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.“It’s nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, said to CNN on Sunday.
The country is expected to reach the grim milestone by Monday, February 22, and President Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House on Monday night.
According to White House officials, the president will deliver his remarks from the White House starting at sundown. The First Lady, Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will also be joining President Biden in the moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony to honor all victims of the pandemic.