Biden To Hold Candle Lighting Ceremony At WH As US Nears 500,000 COVID Deaths

President Joe Biden speaks briefly to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on February 16, 2021. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
February 22, 2021 7:41 a.m.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will hold a candle lighting ceremony and a moment of silence at the White House on Monday at sundown as the U.S. approaches a grim milestone of half a million deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the White House schedule, Biden will first give a speech at the Cross Hall before holding the ceremony in the South Portico.

As of Monday morning, Johns Hopkins University reports that 498,901 Americans have died from the virus.

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has now surpassed the number of Americans who died in combat during the two World Wars and the Vietnam War combined, per Yahoo News and the New York Times.

The staggering figure shows that country has by far the highest reported COVID-19 death toll in the world. Brazil comes next at 246,504, according to Johns Hopkins.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.
Latest News
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: