Meanwhile, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. has exceeded one million.

World leaders have pledged more than $3 billion to the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that Congress has not provided billions of dollars in emergency funding requested by President Biden.

Against this background, the United States has set a new gloomy record in its own fight against COVID-19.

“Today we have reached a tragic milestone in the United States: one million deaths from COVID-19,” Biden said in a pre–recorded address to the participants of the second virtual summit on COVID-19, organized by the United States jointly with Belize, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 82 million cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the United States, but as reported by Johns Hopkins University, as of Thursday, about 999 thousand people had died from this disease.

The number of new cases and hospitalizations has been growing in recent weeks, but the number of deaths remained relatively low, about 300 cases per day, which is significantly less than more than 3,000 per day in February.

“Many millions of people have died all over the world, Biden said. – Millions of children have been orphaned, and thousands are still dying every day. It’s time for us to act. All together. We must all do more, we must honor the memory of those we have lost, doing everything possible to prevent as many deaths as possible.”

In total, the summit participants, including representatives of countries such as Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda and South Korea, as well as such leading philanthropists as the founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, pledged to allocate billions of dollars or make donations in kind in the form of vaccines, provide technological assistance and much more.

The United States approached the summit without receiving Congressional promises to allocate $5 billion to finance the global fight against COVID-19, which Biden requested, and this fact seems to have been noted by the German leader in his opening remarks.

“What do we need?  Olaf Scholz asked. “In short, money.”

Scholz has pledged $885 million for global efforts to combat COVID-19.

Other rich countries have also announced new commitments.

Italy has promised to allocate $208 million for an initiative to accelerate access to funds to combat COVID-19. South Korea has promised to allocate $300 million for the same purpose.