US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

  • Sara Atkins poses for a photo, in Wynnewood, Pa., May 10, holding a pillow with an image of her father Andy Rotman-Zaid, who died of COVID-19 in December 2020. She channels her grief into fighting for global vaccination and better access to health care to honor her father. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.