On the eve of their inauguration, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are honoring the lives of the nearly 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 with an event Tuesday in Washington.
They will be joined by their spouses, Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, to illuminate 400 lights at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Capitol building where Biden and Harris will take the oath of office on Wednesday.
Other landmarks across the United States, including the Empire State Building in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle, are being illuminated at the same time. Biden’s inaugural committee said hundreds of towns, tribes and communities would also join “in a national moment of unity.”
Biden and Harris have made addressing COVID-19 a major focus of the early part of their administration with a goal of getting 100 million vaccinations administered in the first 100 days along with providing help for those struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic.
To date, more than 12 million people have received the first of a two-dose vaccine regimen in the country that by far has recorded more infections and deaths than any in the world.