President Biden marked half a million Covid-19 deaths with a moment of silence and a candle lighting ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.
"Amazing Grace" played as the President and first lady stood with Vice President Kamala Harris and the second gentleman.
Before the ceremony, Biden talked about the human impact of the virus and tried to offer hope about what is to come.
"Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone. 500,071 dead. That's more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam war combined," he said.