During a Covid memorial service in Washington DC on Tuesday, president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president elect Kamala Harris offered their condolences to a weary nation.
“To heal we must remember,” Mr Biden said. “It’s hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation. That’s why we’re here today. Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all who we lost.”
On the evening of president Trump’s final full day in office, the US officially tallied 400,000 dead from coronavirus. All told, more than 24 million Americans have had confirmed cases of Covid.
“My abiding hope, my abiding prayer is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom,” Ms Harris said, before introducing Lori Marie Key, a Covid nurse from outside Detroi