Joe Biden, soon after being sworn in, predicted the nation would hit half a million deaths by the end of February.
The U.S. surpassed half a million coronavirus deaths on Monday, reinforcing the magnitude of the pandemic even as more Americans get vaccinated and Covid deaths and hospitalizations are declining.
The milestone, based on a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University, came just over a month after the nation’s death toll passed 400,000 and as public health officials train their sights on new, more contagious coronavirus strains that have been reported in almost every state and threaten to tax already stressed local health systems.
President Joe Biden is due to mark the occasion with a moment of silence and candle-lighting ceremony with Vice President Kamala Harris Monday evening.
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