The United States has become the first country to record more than half a million coronavirus deaths.
There have now been 500,071 COVID-related deaths in the country and more than 28 million people have been infected, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are to commemorate the enormous loss of life at a White House event that will include a speech by the president, a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony.
In a statement, the president said more Americans had died “in a single year from this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.”
He added: “We as a nation must remember this so that we can begin to heal, unite and find purpose as a nation to overcome this pandemic.”
Mr. Biden called on all US citizens to “observe a moment of silence at sunset.”
And he ordered the nation’s flag to fly at half mast at the White House, on all public buildings and lands, and at military posts and naval stations until sunset Friday.
Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world with around 250,000.
The fact that the United States dominates the world in death and infection rates reflects poor planning by the Trump administration, President Biden has already said.
Confirming that the United States had purchased enough doses “to immunize all Americans”, he accused Mr. Trump for failing to manage the deployment of the vaccine.
“While scientists have done their job in discovering vaccines in record time, my predecessor – I’m going to be very blunt about this – did not do his job in preparing for the enormous challenge of vaccinating hundreds of millions. people, ”he said.
In December, the average daily deaths in the United States linked to COVID-19[female[feminine affected 2,276 with a daily total exceeding the 2,977 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Native Americans are the most affected racial group as a percentage of the population, recording nearly 211 deaths per 100,000 population, Statista said.
Despite Mr Biden’s criticism, there is cause for hope in the deployment of the vaccine, with official statistics indicating that around 64 million shots have been administered so far.
This puts the United States on track to surpass the president’s stated goal of doses of 100 million in his government’s first 100 days, although progress has been hampered by the recent freezing weather.
And the number of cases is also dropping – down to around 100,000 a day this month from 250,000 in January.
This is a far cry from Mr. Trump’s optimistic prediction last April that, even if they did nothing, the United States would lose 50,000 to 60,000 people to the virus.