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Jill Biden commends moms on Mother's Day for being 'strong and resilient' amid pandemic

The Hill logo The Hill 5/9/2021 Aris Folley
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First lady Jill Biden shared a video message on Sunday marking Mother's Day and commending moms across the country for their resilience and strength as the nation grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"The pandemic has affected every part of our lives, challenging us and changing us like we never could have imagined. Whether your kids are 2 or 52, this year has been a tough one for moms," Biden said in the video posted to Twitter.

"I know it feels like so much is on you. It was a lot even before the pandemic, and, just when you thought there was little left to give, you gave more because you're a mom and that's what moms do," she added.

"I'm proud of how we've come together even when we had to remain apart, supporting each other in countless ways. I know how hard you're working, and I want you to remember that you're strong, you're resilient and you're doing an amazing job," she added in the clip.

"From one mother to another, I see you and I thank you."

It's been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 32 million cases and more than 577,000 deaths due to the illness have been counted in the U.S. in the past year.

A study published in the American Medical Association's JAMA Pediatrics journal last month estimated as many as 43,000 U.S. children experienced the loss of at least one parent due to COVID-19 in the past year.

A closer look at the data also found that the burden, which authors of the study acknowledge will likely "grow heavier" amid the ongoing pandemic, has landed disproportionately on Black children.

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