“That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth," Biden said. "But as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America, we remember each person and the life they lived.”
The event recalled scenes from almost exactly a month ago, on the eve of Biden’s inauguration, when he and Harris convened a vigil for coronavirus victims at the Lincoln Memorial.
Earlier Monday, Biden ordered all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff for the remainder of the week, in remembrance of the lives lost. The Biden administration’s ongoing focus on the pandemic’s deadly impact strikes a sharp contrast to President Trump, who repeatedly downplayed the virus’s severity and appeared unwilling to lead Americans in grieving.