Biden To Mourn 500,000 Dead While Balancing Grief And Hope

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden walks by freezers used to hold the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as he tours a Pfizer manufacturing site with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(AP) — President Joe Biden is marking the loss of 500,000 American lives to COVID-19. He’s offering an opportunity for national grief and catharsis Monday evening as he delicately balances the gravity of the moment with cautious expressions of hope. In stark contrast to his predecessor, Biden will offer a head-on acknowledgement of a grim pandemic milestone. The bleak threshold is being crossed against the contradictory backdrop of a drop in cases alongside fears about more contagious variants of the virus.


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