US mourns 500,000 COVID-19 deaths

Paul Kerins and Daniella Facchini of Washington D.C. listen as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. rings its bells 500 times to mark 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. rings its bells 500 times to mark 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

President Joe Biden speaks about lives lost to COVID-19 after death toll passed 500,000, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, DC, Feb. 22, 2021.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the more than 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall of the White House on Feb. 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Also on hand for the ceremony were first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff.

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Doug Emhoff bow their heads during a ceremony to honor the 500,000 Americans that died from COVID-19, at the White House, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Washington.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hold a moment of silence during a candlelight ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives to Coronavirus on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 22, 2021. President Joe Biden called the milestone of more than 500,000 US deaths from COVID-19 “heartbreaking” on Monday and urged the country to unite against the pandemic. “I know what it’s like,” an emotional Biden said in a national television address, referring to his own long history of family tragedies.

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Doug Emhoff participate in a moment of silence during a ceremony to honor the 500,000 Americans that died from COVID-19, at the White House, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Washington.

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