Americans must not "grow numb" to the sorrow of the coronavirus pandemic, President Joe Biden said Thursday, as he marked 1 million Covid-19 deaths in the United States. Biden urged the country to remain vigilant as he prepared to issue a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of those who lost their lives due to Covid — and as he prepared to co-host a global summit charting the next steps in tackling the pandemic. "One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a nation forever changed because of this pandemic," Biden said in a statement published by the White House early Thursday morning. The president said he and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, were praying for those who are grieving, adding: "I know the pain of that black hole in your heart. It is unrelenting. But I also know the ones you love are never truly gone. They will always be with you." Biden said that as a nation, Americans "must not grow numb to such sorrow." "To heal, we must remember," he said. "We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have with more testing, vaccines, and treatments than ever before." The president added that it was critical for Congress to sustain resources . . . read the full article here.