US President Joe Biden delivered remarks at the White House on February 22 as part of commemorations on Monday marking 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.
“We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow,” said Biden. “We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic, or a blur.”
Biden also drew on his own experience of close family loss in his speech.
“I know all too well,” he said. “I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it’s like when you are there, holding their hands.”
Following his remarks, Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff for a moment of silence outside the White House. Credit: White House via Storyful