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Blumenthal Statement on U.S. Surpassing 500,000 Coronavirus Deaths

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement after Johns Hopkins University announced that more than 500,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States – the most of any nation in the world:

“Today we mark an unspeakably devastating milestone for our nation—half a million Americans losing their lives to COVID-19. My sympathies go to their families and loved ones, including of 7,500 Connecticut residents.”

“Thankfully, the Biden Administration is now mobilizing to conquer this health and economic crisis, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The question is how long the tunnel will be. It should be shorter with scientific and economic experts working around the clock to ensure fast recovery.”

“Every day, more Americans are getting vaccinated, and we now have even more safe and effective vaccines available to get shots in everyone’s arms. Congress is considering another comprehensive stimulus—the American Rescue Plan—to put America back to work, revive our economy, make sure children can go back to schools safely, and ensure people can put food on the table. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support and swiftly pass this vital aid—there is absolutely no excuse for delay.”