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Biden mourns ‘painful milestone’ of 700,000 COVID deaths in US

WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden mourns “the painful milestone” of 700,000 American deaths from COVID-19, a day after the US surpassed that mark.

The president says in a statement “the astonishing death toll is yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated.” He says that the nation has “made extraordinary progress” in the fight against the coronavirus in the past eight months because of vaccines.

Biden says that, thanks to vaccines, “hundreds of thousands of families have been spared the unbearable loss that too many Americans have already endured during this pandemic.”

Biden adds that vaccines “will help us beat COVID-19 and move forward, together, as one nation.”

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