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Biden mourns 1 million US Covid deaths as ‘irreplaceable losses’

<i>Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg/Getty Images</i><br/>President Joe Biden's administration will forcefully urge Congress to pass more Covid-19 funding during Global Covid-19 summit.
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President Joe Biden's administration will forcefully urge Congress to pass more Covid-19 funding during Global Covid-19 summit.

By Sam Fossum, Nikki Carvajal, Maegan Vazquez and Deidre McPhillips, CNN

President Joe Biden on Thursday mourned 1 million American deaths from Covid-19, using the occasion to again urge Congress to pass additional funding to control the pandemic.

While other official tallies have placed the figure a bit short of that mark, Biden marked the moment during the White House’s latest virtual Global Covid-19 Summit, reflecting on the pandemic’s devastation on the nation after more than two years.

“This pandemic isn’t over. Today, we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States — 1 million Covid deaths. One million empty chairs around the family dinner table. Each irreplaceable, irreplaceable losses. Each leaving behind a family, a community, forever changed because of this pandemic. Our hearts go out to all those who are struggling,” Biden said during his opening remarks at the summit, later acknowledging that “around the world, many more millions have died” as a result of the pandemic.

The President told attendees that the global community has “to start working to prevent the next variant, and the next pandemic, now.”

“That’s why I continue to call on Congress here at home to take the urgent action to provide emergency Covid-19 funding that is vital to protect Americans to make sure we’re that we maintain our supplies of Covid-19 test treatments and vaccines, including next generation vaccines that are being developed,” he said, later highlighting the request’s $5 billion proposal “to keep up our global partnership in the fight against Covid-19.”

In a proclamation issued Thursday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff to mark the milestone, Biden wrote that the nation “must not grow numb to such sorrow.”

Throughout the pandemic, severe outcomes have disproportionately affected older Americans, as well as minority populations. About three-quarters of all Covid-19 deaths have been among seniors, including more than a quarter among those age 85 and older, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And while racial and ethnic disparities have lessened over the course of the pandemic, the risk of dying from Covid-19 has been about two times higher for Black, Hispanic and American Indian people compared with White people in the US.

Vaccinations have saved millions of lives, but about half of all Covid-19 deaths in the US have happened over the past year — a time in which vaccines have been widely available for everyone age 5 and older.

The government has not shared an official estimate of how many vaccinated people have died of Covid-19, but a CNN analysis of data from the CDC shows that deaths in recent months have been much more evenly split between vaccinated and unvaccinated people as highly transmissible variants take hold, vaccine protection wanes and booster uptake stagnates. According to the CDC, however, the risk of dying from Covid-19 is still about five times higher for unvaccinated people than it is for vaccinated people.

Overall, death rates have been higher in the Northeast region of the country and lowest in the West, according to JHU data. But at the state level, death rates have been highest in Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma — each with more than 400 total Covid-19 deaths for every 100,000 people — compared with Vermont and Hawaii, which have had about 100 deaths for every 100,000 people.

Global summit ‘redoubles’ efforts to control Covid

Administration officials said Thursday’s summit was aimed at redoubling efforts to control Covid-19 and preparing the world for future variants of the coronavirus or the next deadly pandemic.

The event, which was co-hosted by Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and Belize, called for countries to invest in the new Global Pandemic Preparedness and Health Security fund at the World Bank, and the US announced that its pledge will increase to $450 million, up from the initially promised amount of $250 million. The summit also highlighted an additional $3.1 billion in new funding commitments from countries around the world to combat Covid-19.

Before Biden and other high-ranking US officials urged other wealthy countries to ramp up their coronavirus relief efforts in support of poorer countries, administration officials had made clear that the White House’s efforts to secure further funding from Congress to support coronavirus relief efforts would be front and center.

“If the US is to remain a leader — protecting Americans and the world from dangerous disease threats — we need Congress to act now to provide more funding for the Covid response,” an official said.

In addition to the summit’s two overarching goals, there were three key priorities that guided Thursday’s gathering: preventing complacency on Covid-19, preventing deaths from the pandemic, and preventing future variants and pandemics.

Thursday’s gathering was the second global Covid-19 summit the White House has hosted, following one in September.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh and White House Covid response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha also took part in Thursday’s summit.

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CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

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  1. “If the US is to remain a leader — protecting Americans and the world”

    WHY? Why must America protect the world? We have sooooo many problems here why are we seeking to fix problems in others countries?

    1. seriously and how many billion – i say BILLION have we sent to ukraine???
      americans suffer – we have homelessness, addiction, natural disasters, an open border, an invasion and american citizens cannot find baby formula to feed our children.
      but yeah – let’s pump billions over to ukraine.

      1. – next time you are living in a war zone, someone will care about your safety and well being, or not – all depends on folks just like you….

  2. Collect from all the fraudulent cases last go round, use that money first. This administration is trying to ruin America. Just cancelled 2 active oil/gas leases, spend, spend, spend, blame, blame, blame. All the Democrat politicians who sit by quietly watching this happen should be voted out of office. They had their chance, and you can see the result, we are living the result. Obama said elections have consequences, boy is that ever a true statement.

    1. – you do understand how much money the Trump organization got in covid relief funds, right? – and that’s just one entity – the lawyered up, wealthy cabal that is skilled in extracting tax payer $$$, no matter what is happening, don’t take to being questioned too happily – you want to go after them?

      1. – sorry, it was the Q crowd who dismissed vaccines as worthless and/or dangerous, still do – so, how are you going to slice this? – pro Trump is pro Q (the big lie, remember) except pro Q is anti Trump vaccine – what’s it going to be?

  3. Everyone knows by now that the numbers have been fudged since Day 1. How many of those deaths were people who actually died because of catching Covid and how many of those deaths were simply people who died and happen to test positive for covid? Gee I wonder… On a related note, the accuracy of all those tests are flat-out HORRIBLE! They regularly produce false-positives and false-negative’s! How can anyone call these test and any related results accurate/creditable is a mindboggling..

      1. lol.. Disprove anything that goes against your extreme leftist agenda. We know how it goes with you by now… No point in trying to debate you BarnBOT. You have already made it clear that you are the end-all Checker of Facts despite your 100% leftist agenda

        1. I stand pretty tall and we have lots of support, not just anecdotal but by the way TV stations are rated. But you probably don’t believe those either, or anything you disagree with. If there’s no point in trying to debate, why do you keep trying?

      2. KTVZ provides 100% biased content that more often than not comes straight from CNN.. You guys copy/paste their articles and blindly defend them and their “creditability” like what ever they print is “fact” no matter what.. Many times the truth eventually comes out that the articles were not even accurate lol we have learned one thing, don’t expect an accountability

        1. Well feel free to link to all that “proof” of their “lies.” We don’t copy-paste CNN. It’s an automated feed, as 1,000s of stations use. And again I ask for specific factual errors in the current content.
          You are entitled to your opinions but cannot prove your claims.

            1. As I’ve explained to you and others before, they are the only network that offers such a text wire to their affiliates, and despite the constant attacks, without basis, they are factual. Analysis stories are now clearly labeled, and have been some time, as we continue work to improve the way the feed displays here.

              1. “despite the constant attacks, without basis, they are factual.”… They are factually wrong ! Just how do you explain the “factual” coverage of the Steele Dossier- the illegal FISA warrants- Brett Kavanaugh raping women in college- Covington High students starting riots (which CNN was sued over)-less we forget- Hillary in a landslide- get the vaccine- you won’t get the virus ! This list of fabrications-lies- and blatant slanted journalism is why yer taking so much heat almost everyday now. You said your Facebook page is even more critical ? Maybe it’s time to stop the BS and listen to your regional clients… they’re trying to tell you something.

              2. And as I’ve explained if I worked for a boss that spewed lies and “disinformation” constantly and gleefully, as CNN and AP does (which KTVZ and you as an employee) I would quit. KTVZ, via CNN and AP, has published every lie and falsehood for years. There is NO denying the “RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA” “JUSSIE SMOLLET WAS LYNCHED” etc. was published on your site.

                1. I don’t work for any organization that lies. And most of the alleged lies are never proven to any satisfactory degree. If they lied as much as the attackers claim they’d be out of business. It’s simply untrue.
                  They reported factual information that changed over time, as we all have for many decades, even centuries. The attacks, are largely without merit or at the very least way overbvlown.
                  Have a nice day.

      3. This is why a majority of people don’t trust you or your KTVZ teammates! On this forum, you can say ” A majority of people know we only report the truth bla bla” but the fact is this: A majority of Americans distrust you for good reason!! Dont wanna accept it?! Here is a link!!!,the%20political%20opinions%20held%20by%20the%20talking%20heads.

        1. Reminds me of surveys that show “hate Congress, love my congressman.” Try a local survey. We’d do pretty well, despite all those over-the-top attacks.
          Our main survey is the mouse and remote control. You’re here so much, you support our efforts, intentionally or not! Thanks.

                1. FACT: Our time on site (Web sessions) tops every one of our sister stations, as do page views, etc. We’re doing quite well.
                  Besides, your increased hanging out at a place you falsely claim to hate just helps those numbers, so thanks for your support!
                  I’m praying for you.

    1. – “Everyone” being you – i have met at least a couple of “everyone” and they think the stuff you write is just silly Tucker regurgitation

    1. No worries there Matt- he just unilaterally censored my post for pointing out that we can’t delete his nonsense- so why does he get to play dictator and King… yup- “censored” without violating the TOS !

  4. That number IS the big lie. The death count has been heavily manipulated to include all non-covid deaths only if they tested positive using a test with an extremely high false positive rate that even the tests creator said should never be used for covid. We have numerous health officials on video admitting they are counting non-covid deaths as covid if they get a positive test even post-mortem. Where did the flu go the last 2 years? Oh thats right, they just called it covid.

  5. Joe Biden needs to be held to the same Joe Biden standard. Joe Biden is responsible for every single COVID death since he became president. Every single one. And he must resign in disgrace.

  6. 1 million died with Covid but most likely not because of Covid. With flawed testing, false positives and false negatives and a US government and CDC with an agenda who can we trust? Not CNN or Barney needing dozens of responses when the comments tell the straight up truth that CNN and KTVZ has a long history of running fake news stories. Barneys logic of using old fake news to prove the new fake news is quite laughable…. “Look what the CDC said here.. look at what the New York Times said there… look what this CNN article said 6 months ago”
    With 40 billion dollars borrowed from China going to the Corrupt Ukrainian and the Biden crime families we better buckle up for the ride, recession is coming.. maybe worse. Meanwhile geriatric inept morons are running the country and the fake news groups. Covid misinformation and this site are at least partialy to blame.

    1. Fake news is a fake ploy that falls apart under scrutiny. Point to factual errors in today’s content. Or 6 month old. Did it accurately reflect what was being done and said at the time? Of course. The attacks speak for themselves.

      1. These “attacks” you speak of are simply the angry voices of concerned Americans who are fed up with you trying to suppress the truth.. LOL Quit your crying Barn and stop saying your are being “attacked”! You’re sounding to sound alot like Jesse Smollet! No one is buying that for a second!

        1. I’ll stop defending myself against unfair attacks when they stop being lobbed at us. Until then, feel free to ignore them. I have to read the comments and am not sitting silent when untrue, unfair attacks come our way, repeatedly, as if repeating them over and over makes them any less false.

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