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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about inflation and the economy in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus May 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has appealed to world leaders for a renewed international commitment to attacking COVID-19 as he leads the U.S. in marking the approaching “tragic milestone” of 1 million deaths at home from the virus. Biden told the second global coronavirus summit in prerecorded remarks Thursday: “This pandemic isn’t over.” The virtual meeting comes when a lack of resolve at home jeopardizes the global response. Johns Hopkins University says the virus has killed more than 999,000 people in the U.S. Biden has issued a proclamation directing U.S. flags be flown at half-staff to honor the dead. Biden used the first summit to pledge to donate 1.2 billion vaccine doses worldwide.