Biden acknowledges pandemic’s impact with empathy, resolve

During his first prime-time presidential address, Joe Biden not only recognized those loses brought about by the pandemic, he outlined the steps necessary for a return to at least some sense of normalcy.



March 12, 2021 - 2:03 PM

President Joe Biden delivers an address to the nation from the East Room of the White House to mark the one-year anniversary of the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)

In his first prime-time address as president Thursday evening, Joe Biden pulled from his breast pocket a card with the tally of American deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He read the numbers with emphasis: 527,726. 

The tally, updated daily, is always with him, a reminder of the devastating toll the pandemic continues to take on America.

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