“More Americans have died in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined,” said President Joe Biden.

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More than half a million people have died from Covid-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic, according to figures recorded Monday, February 22, on the Johns Hopkins University website, which refers. In detail, 500,071 people have succumbed to the virus in the country, which also lists more than 28 million cases of contamination, according to the institution based in Baltimore.

“More Americans have died in this pandemic than in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined,” President Joe Biden pointed out in a proclamation, saying he and First Lady Jill Biden would observe a minute of silence with Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff in the evening. The Democratic President also ordered flags on all federal buildings to be half-masted for five days.

The United States is the most affected country in the world in absolute terms by the pandemic. These more than 500,000 deaths are “a tragic reminder of the gravity of this pandemic and the suffering inflicted” in our dailies, said Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the main federal public health agency, on Monday.

“We have not experienced anything like this for over 100 years, since the 1918 pandemic”, Immunologist Anthony Fauci, adviser to US President Joe Biden, said on Sunday. “It is something that will go down in history.”

The threshold of 400,000 deaths was exceeded only about a month ago, in January, the day before the inauguration of Joe Biden, who made the fight against the pandemic one of his priorities at the start of his mandate. The first death from Covid-19 in the United States was announced at the end of February 2020. It had passed about three months before the country crossed the 100,000 dead mark, four more months up to 200,000, and one just under three more months up to 300,000.

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