• Home
  • Politics
  • Biden Orders Federal Flags to Fly Half-Staff as U.S. COVID Deaths near One Million

Biden Orders Federal Flags to Fly Half-Staff as U.S. COVID Deaths near One Million

“One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a Nation forever changed because of this pandemic,” Biden said in a statement this morning.

Today, President Biden ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to mark the “tragic milestone” of 1 million U.S. lives lost to the coronavirus. He warns the American people that they must “remain vigilant against this pandemic.”

According to Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, along with Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, will commemorate the lives lost to the coronavirus at a Monday evening ceremony. This ceremony will include remarks, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a moment of silence.

“As a Nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow,” he continued. “To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible.”

According to a Washington Post tracker, indicating how many people have died due to COVID, it is set to reach one million this week. The CDC puts the nation’s death toll at 995,747 as of Thursday morning. Amid this news, members of Congress plan a moment of silence on the Capitol steps later Thursday today.

In his statement, he also nudges Congress to pass the stalled $10 billion package that aims to boost the availability of testing, therapeutics, and vaccines nationwide.

Another item on President Biden’s agenda for today is combatting the recent shortages in baby formula. He plans on speaking with retailers and formula manufacturers about their efforts in making baby formula more widely available. He also plans to host leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the White House.


Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    To regulate AI, Congress has some catching up to do

    Tech experts held a hearing May 16 and laid bare the risks posed by the exploding advances of AI, and it’s clear that Congress is facing challenges in keeping up. Congress has struggled to regulate technology before. Lawmakers missed windows to create guardrails for the internet and social media that could have prevented the spread of disinformation online. Why? Most members didn’t fully understand the technology and couldn’t figure out how to solve these problems.

    DeSantis will launch his presidential bid with Elon Musk

    Today, Florida Governor DeSantis is set to launch his 2024 presidential campaign. DeSantis is viewed as former president Donald Trump’s chief rival for the Republican party’s nomination. He will announce his decision in an online conversation with Twitter CEO Elon Musk.

    Biden Strikes A Deal Protecting The Colorado River States From Drought

    On Monday, A historic deal was made between Nevada, Arizona, and California. The deal is in place to cut millions of gallons of the Colorado River water usage over the next four years, half of which would be completed after next year, in an effort to stave off a crisis for the nation’s largest reservoirs.

    U.S. Pumps the Brakes on EU Clean Car Deal

    The European Union has been pressing for a more flexible agreement on the critical minerals used in electric car batteries that won’t require the time-consuming approval of its 27 member countries.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!