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Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg plants flags on Oct. 20, 2020 to honor people who have died in the pandemic. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

White flags will line the outside of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this September in memory of the more than 600,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States, per a Thursday announcement.

The big picture: The project, titled "In America: Remember," initially began in 2020, when artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg planted 267,000 flags last fall to memorialize the death toll then.

  • The new installation will spread in front of sites like the White House, the Washington Monument and the Museum of African American History and Culture, according to the New York Times.

What they're saying: “The last thing I want to do is to have to buy any more flags,” Firstenberg said, per the NYT. “And the best way to do that is to get vaccinated.”

  • In regards to the memorial being planted beside the African American history museum, Fristenberg said, "Inequity is at the core of why communities of color have been disproportionately affected by this."

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Jeff Bezos to donate $200 million to Smithsonian

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will donate $200 million to the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The Smithsonian said the sum represents the largest donation to the institution since its founding gift from James Smithson in 1846.

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Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics

Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February 2021 in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

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FTX CEO predicts more U.S. crypto flight

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

FTX doesn't look much like a company valued at $25 billion. Its new headquarters, located in a sleepy part of The Bahamas, is so nondescript as to not even have a sign. But it does expect to soon have neighbors.

Driving the news: Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tells "Axios on HBO" to expect "more and more crypto flight from the states" if the U.S. doesn't soon create a regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies.