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Biden urges continued vigilance as coronavirus claims millionth victim in US

The United States has crossed the threshold of one million deaths from , the White House said on Thursday, as cities like try to turn the page on the pandemic despite threats of another surge.

“Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement that acknowledged the “unrelenting” pain of those who had lost loved ones during the pandemic.

“As a nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow,” Biden said in a statement Thursday. “To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible.”

The US president called on Congress to provide more funding for testing, vaccines and treatments, something lawmakers have been unwilling to deliver so far.

The White House said Biden will address the opening of a virtual

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