President Biden on Monday night paid tribute to the number of Americans who have lost a loved one during the coronovirus epidemic as the death toll passed 500,000.

Biden called the milestones “really serious” and “heart-wrenching”, as he said the epidemic had taken more American lives than WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined.

“It has lost more to the virus than any other nation on Earth,” Biden said.

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    • The president, the first lady, the vice president and the second gentleman held a moment of silence outside the White House.
    • There were over 500 candles meant to represent more than 500,000 lost American lives.

The President sympathized with the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19, reminding them that there is a way through grief and mourning.

“Those who have lost their loved ones, knowing that they never really went, will always be a part of your heart,” said Biden. “The day will come when the memory of a dear person you have lost will bring a smile to your lips before a tear in your eyes … this is my prayer for you [those days] Will come sooner rather than later. “

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