As the coronavirus pandemic has tragically killed over 300,000 people here in the U.S, many families have been left utterly heartbroken. Just like the family of 2 married teachers who died while holding hands.

Their loss has had a huge impact, for a very specific reason...

Many professionals have been issuing desperate pleas for people to take this pandemic seriously.

But sadly, this hasn't exactly been the case for everyone.

Now, we're all aware that 2020 has been nothing short of terrible.

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COVID-19 took the entire planet hostage back in March, and things have been nothing short of diabolical ever since.

Of course, there's no denying how unprepared the entire world was for this pandemic...

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And Donald Trump's eagerness to tone down the virus didn't at all go to plan.

And even when the president tested positive for COVID himself...

He continued to play it down and insist that we can simply "live with the virus."

This was extremely alarming for many to hear from one of the most powerful leaders in the world...

And it got us all wondering... What's the progress with the much-needed vaccine?

Well, some amazing news was brought to us a couple of weeks ago!

American multinational pharmaceutical corporation, Pfizer and German biotechnology company, BioNTech have been working on a coronavirus vaccine for the last few months and now, it's finally ready.

And as for the results?

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Well, they were looking so good that some countries started distributing the COVID vaccine out to their citizens a few weeks ago.

Hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world have been waiting their turn to get the vaccine...

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And countries such as the United Kingdom have wasted absolutely no time in administering the vaccine, with the first of 800,000 doses having been given at the start of last week.

Of course, we're all well aware that the United States is the worst-affected country in the entire world...

With our tragic death toll surpassing a horrific milestone.

In less than a month, over 50,000 people died here in the U.S. due to COVID.

Sadly, we've even broken the daily record for virus-related deaths, with more than three-thousand fatalities reported - beating the previous record in April, which stood at 2,752 deaths.

And with so many deaths, come so many heartbreaking stories from families who have lost loved ones.

Just like the 2 married teachers who died from COVID-19 complications whilst holding hands.

Paul Blackwell, sixty-one, and Rose Mary Blackwell, sixty-five died on Sunday following complications related to COVID-19.

Both, were long-time teachers at the Grand Prairie Independent School District, according to school officials, People reports.

Rose Mary taught second-grade at Travis World Language Academy.

Having taught on the campus for the past twenty years, Rose Mary had earned herself the title of the school's longest-tenured educator.

Whilst Paul had taught P.E at Fannin Middle School for 5 years whilst mentoring and coaching.

Prior to that, he taught at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy.

The couple spent several days in the intensive care unit at the Harris Methodist Hospital.

But unfortunately, as both their conditions began to get worse...

Their families were left with a very difficult decision.

Paul's son, Christopher Blackwell told CBS 11 that they had to make the emotional decision to turn off their life support.

"2 of my other brothers are actually in the room there at the hospital and they wheeled my stepmother in there in the room with my father and at the same time, removed them both from the ventilator."

Tragically he added, "They had them holding hands and they were both gone in a couple of minutes."

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to raise funds for the needed arrangements.

The page reads, "We have had a tragic loss in the Blackwell Family. Sunday evening we lost both our parents Rosemary & Paul Blackwell due to Covid complications. Our parents were both teachers at Grand Prairie ISD. "

"Our mother just reached her twentieth year at Travis Elementary and our father taught at Fannin Middle for 5 years."

"They left behind many, many loved ones which includes their children, their wives, twenty grandchildren, sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews & parents."

"We are all at a loss for words at this time but want to thank everyone for their continued prayers."

"We are trying to take care of all the arrangements at this time so any help would be greatly at this time. Thank you so much & please continue to pray for the Blackwell family."

Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

We must be careful or else more and more lives will continue to be lost. Though, it's not all doom and gloom. Scroll on for an incredible update on the development of the vaccine...