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Biden urges global COVID fight, US nears 1 million deaths

United States President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders to commit to a renewed international effort to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, as he marked the approaching “tragic milestone” of one million deaths from the virus in the US.

“This pandemic isn’t over,” Biden told the second global pandemic summit on Tuesday. “Today, we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States, one million COVID deaths — one million empty chairs around the family dinner table.”

The coronavirus has killed more than 999,000 people in the US and at least 6.2 million people globally since it emerged in late 2019, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Biden issued a proclamation Thursday directing that US flags be flown at half-staff through sunset on Monday to honour those who lost their lives to the virus.

The summit, jointly hosted by the US, Belize, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal, was held virtually on

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