US President Joe Biden to deliver remarks on the lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic and hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown together with the First Lady, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, the White House said. Flags will be lowered to half staff across the nation for the next five days.
According to the release, Biden will deliver remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House ahead of the candle lighting ceremony. According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has confirmed more than 28.1 million coronavirus cases, and the country’s Covid-19 death toll stands at over 498,800. These are the highest figures of all the countries in the world. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was working on plans so the President could use his “own voice and platform to take a moment to remember the people whose lives have been lost, the families who are still suffering.” One day before taking office, Biden, Harris and their spouses held a somber ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S. at the time.