This is how Biden will remember the 500,000 deaths from covid-19 in the United States.

(CNN) — With the United States approaching 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, President Joe Biden will commemorate the grim milestone Monday with a candle-lighting ceremony and a moment of silence, the White House reported Sunday.

The event, which is scheduled for 6:15 pm Miami time, at the White House, will also feature First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. Prior to the ceremony, Biden will comment on the lives that have been lost.

The ceremony underscores the message of empathy that Biden has wanted to convey to the US response to the coronavirus since he took office last month, deviating from what his predecessor did. On Friday, 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, families still suffering.

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Biden speaks during a Covid-19 memorial event at the Lincoln Memorial last month.

A day before taking office, Biden, Harris and their spouses held a grim ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 400,000 lives lost to Covid-19 in the US to date.

“To heal we must remember,” Biden said at the January event. Harris also spoke briefly during the commemoration, saying that “for many months, we have suffered alone. Tonight, we suffer and begin to heal together.

His message contrasts with that of former President Donald Trump, who frequently defended his administration’s response to the pandemic, but rarely expressed grief for the victims. In September, Trump told Axios on HBO that the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States “is what it is.”

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“They are dying. That’s true. And you… you are what you are, ”Trump said at the time. But that does not mean that we are not doing all we can. It is under control as much as it can be controlled.

While coronavirus cases are trending downward and vaccination is increasing, the United States is struggling to control the threat posed by the new variants. Experts both inside and outside the White House are still unsure that the United States is finally emerging from the pandemic, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, told CNN on Sunday that Americans “may still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect themselves against the coronavirus, even if the United States reaches” a significant degree of normalcy “by the end of this year.

“This is a race to get the vaccine out there fast enough and fast enough to eliminate the possibility of spreading even more strains,” said Dr. Bala Hota, infectious disease specialist at Rush University Medical Center. In Chicago. We’re not out of the woods yet.

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