Flashback: Obama didn’t declare H1N1 a ‘national emergency’ until 1,000 Americans were dead

Obama took a whopping six months to respond to the widespread disease.

It’s become pretty clear at this point that the left is politicizing the coronavirus.

They’re taking this virus and completely blowing it out of proportion to try and destroy Trump.

Their main argument is that the president isn’t responding swiftly enough and isn’t promoting the hysteria that Democrats are spreading like wildfire.

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But what these people seem to forget is that Obama took eons to respond to the H1N1 epidemic.

As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until millions of Americans were infected and thousands had died until he declared the virus a “national emergency.”

Now, let’s go to the Wayback Machine. In April of 2009, the H1N1 became a pandemic.

But it wasn’t until six months later, October, that then-President Obama declared a public health emergency on what was already a pandemic. By that time, the disease had infected millions of Americans and more than 1,000 people had died in the U.S.

CNN reported at the time:

Since the H1N1 flu pandemic began in April, millions of people in the United States have been infected, at least 20,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,000 have died, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [emphasis added]

Furthermore, the CDC’s Frieden fretted at the time that efforts to create a vaccine had stumbled:

“We are nowhere near where we thought we would be,” Frieden said, acknowledging that manufacturing delays have contributed to less vaccine being available than expected. “As public health professionals, vaccination is our strongest tool. Not having enough is frustrating to all of us.”

Frieden said that while the way vaccine is manufactured is “tried and true,” it’s not well-suited for ramping up production during a pandemic because it takes at least six months. The vaccine is produced by growing weakened virus in eggs. [PJ Media]

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Well isn’t that ironic…

The Democrats glory boy, Barack Obama, took a whopping six months to respond to the widespread disease.

That’s practically an entire lifetime in comparison to the time it took Trump to respond to the coronavirus.

This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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