Biden called the milestone “truly grim” and “heartbreaking” as he noted the pandemic has taken more American lives than WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined.
“That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth,” Biden said.
At least 500,071 people had died of the virus at the time of his remarks.
The president empathized with families who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19, reminding them that there is a way through the sorrow and grief.
“To those who have lost loved ones this is what I know, they’re never truly gone, they’ll always be part of your heart,” Biden said. “The day will come when the memory of the loved one you lost will bring a smile to your lips before a tear…