WASHINGTON – President Biden urged the nation on Monday night to protest the “stunned to grief” that the novel provoked by the coronovirus, a serious ceremony at the White House that killed more than one and a half million Americans dead from the epidemic K was a staggering milestone. .
The country crossed a severe toll around 5 pm, and bells began ringing at the National Cathedral, resuming in a capital, with flags showing half the staff. About an hour later, Mr. Biden appeared in the Cross Hall of the White House and took out a card from his jacket pocket that he said was updated each day with the number of people infected – and who died – COVID-19. From
Speaking for some time and on his own personal experience, Mr. Biden sought not only to honor the dead, but also to comfort those who have lost their loved ones, many of whom “lost their Took the last breath alone. “
Looking into the camera, the president addressed the survivors directly, asking several times for the loss of his first wife, a young daughter, and later, his eldest son.
“I know all too well,” he said. “I know that this is not the case when it happens. I know what happens when you are holding their hands; They have a look in their eye and they slip away. That black hole in your chest – you feel like you are being sucked into it. The survivors repent, anger, questions of faith in their souls. “
It was a striking emotional moment, and a testament to the failure of a nation to act in the face of a nation that would take the lives of more Americans in a year’s time, Mr. Biden noted World War I, World War II In comparison to death was mentioned. And the Vietnam War combined. “This virus lost more lives,” he said, than any other nation on Earth.
Later, Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Ehmoff, exited the White House avenues through a door to the South Lawn that was draped in black. The stairs leading to the Truman balcony were seen with voting candles.
Both couples wearing black masks played “Amazing Grace” as a military band in a moment of silence. When the music stopped, the president signaled the cross and turned back to walk inside.
The White House ceremony was particularly notable because President Donald J. Trump refused to mark the loss or keep such memories, knowing that any focus on lost personal lives would quickly raise questions about how the government failed to respond more quickly and aggressively.
But in October, Mr. Trump showed up at the same place when he returned home from the hospital after treatment for COVID-19, removed his mask and walked in – even though he was still the most contagious.
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Time after time, Mr. Trump played the virus, first arguing that it would disappear, then that it would be rooted in a life that would be lost, and then claiming that his government would bring the death count to “far below” Will stop 100,000 ”mark. At one point, he told journalist Bob Woodward that he would not talk about threats “to reduce terror”.
As a presidential candidate, Mr. Biden consistently warned of tough times ahead, even vowing that combating the virus would be his No. 1 priority if he was elected. Now, a month after his term in office, he owns the response. And he is already facing critics, who question whether he has been prescribed too few times for vaccination, and if he is too slowly to overcome the barriers to getting millions of Americans to be vaccinated every day – Moving slowly.
On average, now about 1.7 million vaccines are administered daily, which was nearly double the pace of daily immunization when Mr. Biden was inaugurated, noted White House press secretary, Jane Skakie, on Monday.
And as of Monday, the number of COVID deaths is being reported, on average, on most days, nearly half had been cut since the peak of over 3,300 in January. Slow relief came in the form, but scientists said variants of the virus made it difficult to project the future of the epidemic, and Mr. Biden’s new team of medical advisors and historians warned to stay away from the scale of the nation’s loss. did.
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Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Drs. “We continue to see trend heads in the right direction, but hospital admissions and deaths occur at very high levels,” Rochelle Wallensky told reporters in the daily newspaper on Monday. The virus Mr. Biden has introduced. Although the average daily infection has fallen by more than 70 percent since the peak of January, he said, “the cases remain high.”
Andy Slavit, a senior adviser to Mr Biden, opened the COVID-19 on Monday with a reminder that the country was about to reach a serious milestone.
“Everyone lost whose life and gifts were few,” Mr. Slavit said. “Our hearts go out to all those who are grieving their loved ones who are so deeply missed. For those of us in administration, the opportunity makes us more determined to turn the tide on COVID-19 so that the damage can be mitigated and treatment can begin. “
Along with him, the government’s top infectious disease specialist Drs. Anthony S. There was Fauci, who predicted at the end of last March, at a time when more than 2,000 Americans were lost to COVID-19, which may be over 200,000. Dying of disease – a number that at the time seemed astronomical. Today, it will look like a blessing.
Dr. Fauci said at the time, “As a number, we must be prepared for it,” we must be prepared for it.
In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, Drs. Fauci said that when some catastrophe was unavoidable, it could have been avoided.
“It’s very difficult to just go back and try and, you know, do a metaphorical autopsy on how things happened. The bus was bad. It’s bad now,” Dr. “If you look back historically, we have done worse than any other country, and we are a highly developed, prosperous country,” Fauci said.
The last public health crisis of comparable proportions was the 1918 influenza pandemic, which is estimated to have killed approximately 675,000 Americans. Of Nancy Bristow, chair of the history department at Pugate Sound University and author of “American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic” drew a lesson from it.
“There would be a real drive to say, ‘Look how well we are doing,” she said, now warning against the fallacy “rewriting this story in another tale of American conquest.”
“Many are dead and many are suffering,” Dr. Said Bristow. “It will be very important that we accept the harm done in public ways.”
And this is what the President was trying to do.