Washington: Deaths from the COVID-19 in the US has surpassed the tragic numbers of 800,000 on Tuesday (local time) with President Joe Biden saying all "loved ones" left behind are remembered and the nation prays for them.
"As we mark the tragic milestone of 800,000 American deaths due to COVID-19, we remember each person and the lives they lived, and we pray for the loved ones left behind. I know what it's like to stare at an empty chair around the kitchen table, especially during the holiday season, and my heart aches for every family enduring this pain," Biden said in a statement on Tuesday (local time). "To heal, we must remember. We must also act. That is exactly what we have done over the past 11 months. We stood up a historic vaccination program, and 240 million Americans have stepped up and gotten at least one shot," the statement added.
Emphasizing that the US has saved over one million American lives, Biden also said that it has spared families in every community across the country the incalculable loss that too many others have suffered.
"Today, more than 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated, and each day, more people are getting boosted than ever before. As we head into the winter and confront a new variant, we must resolve to keep fighting this virus together, said US President, adding, "This means getting vaccinated and getting your booster shot, and taking other preventive measures, such as masking."
Underlining that the vaccines are safe, effective, free, easy, and the best tool to prevent more loss and pain, Biden emphasized if you were fully vaccinated before mid-June, please go get your booster shot as soon as possible. "And if you have not already -- please get yourself and your school-age children vaccinated," he said.
"I urge all Americans, do your patriotic duty to keep our country safe, to protect yourself and those around you, and to honour the memory of all those we have lost. Now is the time," he added.