After a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic, America has hit the grim milestone of 500,000 American deaths.


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CNN reports the number, highlighting the number is higher than the total of Americans that were killed during World War II. President Biden hosted and spoke at a candle-lighting ceremony after news of the number.

“As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. We’ve been fighting this pandemic for so long. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow,” the President said. “We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic or a blur or on the news. We must do so to honor the dead, but equally important care for the living, those they left behind.”

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The White House will lower flags at the US Capitol to half-staff.

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