Via Teleconference

3:05 P.M. EST

ACTING ADMINISTRATOR SLAVITT:  I’m starting today on a solemn note as we’re nearing 500,000 Americans who’ve lost their lives from COVID-19.  To mark this grim milestone, this evening, the President and First Lady, along with the Vice President and Second Gentleman, will hold a moment of silence in a ceremony at sundown to honor those who have lost their lives to this pandemic. 

Everyone lost is someone whose life and gifts were cut short.  Our hearts go out to all of those who are grieving loved ones who are so deeply missed.

For those of us in the administration, the occasion makes us more determined to turn the tide on COVID-19 so the losses can subside and the healing can

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