Axios learned that President Biden will deliver a speech on Monday evening to commemorate the expected confirmed 500,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, followed by a moment of silence and a candlelight ceremony at sunset.
Why it matters: This milestone is expected to be crossed on Monday, and it will cause the death toll in the United States to exceed those in the Second World War and the Vietnam War. The new president has worked hard to increase vaccination and economic stimulus to accelerate the recovery from the pandemic.
What we heard is: An official told Axios that the president will be accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, vice president Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff.
- The event will be held at the White House.