President Biden addressed the nation on Monday evening as the United States' COVID-19 death toll exceeded 500,000. "We often hear people described as ordinary Americans," Biden said from the White House. "There's no such thing. There's nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary. They spanned generations. Born in America, immigrated to America, but just like so many of them, took their final breath alone in America. As a nation we can't accept such a cruel fate." The U.S. has been fighting the coronavirus pandemic "for so long we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," Biden said, and he urged Americans to continue wearing masks, staying socially distanced, and getting vaccinated when able. "To heal, we must remember," he added. After his remarks, Biden went outside the White House, where he was joined by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff for a moment of silence.

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