President Joe Biden on Monday will hold a moment of silence for the 500,000 Americans that are said to have died with COVID-19.
Biden in the evening will deliver remarks on "the lives lost to COVID-19," according to the White House.
Afterwards, he, First Lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, "will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico."
The 500,000 mark will come about a month after the death toll hit 400,000.
Biden's pick to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who was later confirmed, said Jan. 17 that the United States would see over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the month ahead.
“By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, in a projection that proved to be accurate.
“That doesn’t speak to the tens of thousands of people who are living with a yet uncharacterized syndrome after they’ve recovered. And we still yet haven’t seen the ramifications of what happened from the holiday travel, from holiday gathering, in terms of high rates of hospitalizations and the deaths thereafter. So, yes, I think we still have some dark weeks ahead."
Biden, Harris, and their spouses held a similar ceremony for COVID-19 victims at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 19, the day before Biden and Harris were sworn into office.
After being inaugurated, Biden signed an executive order mandating people wear masks in federal buildings and on federal lands.
Biden was seen maskless at the memorial.
Biden spent Saturday visiting the late Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) before going to church and getting updates from national security advisers and other members of his administration. Biden told reporters that Dole was "doing well."
Biden didn't speak to reporters on Sunday.