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Biden Marks ‘Tragic Milestone’ As U.S. Tops 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

President Joe Biden has marked a grim milestone as the United States passed 1 million deaths from COVID-19.

“Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19. 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. Jill and I pray for each of them,” Biden said in a statement released on Thursday morning.

The president is set to order flags at half-staff on Thursday to commemorate the COVID-19 deaths. Nearly 600,000 of the deaths occurred during Biden’s term in office.

Biden sought to ease the pain of all those who have lost a loved one.

“To those who are grieving, and asking yourself how will you go on without him or what will you do without her, I understand. I know the pain of that black hole in your heart. It

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