Flashback: Obama waited 6 months to call Swine Flu an emergency after thousands died

The corrupt and dishonest liberal media is slamming Trump for not doing “anything” over the overblown Coronavirus, but Obama did far less, and the media gave him a pass, over the dreaded swine flu in 2009.

h1n1 was a big deal, but Obama didn’t know what the hell he was doing

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.


4 thoughts on “Flashback: Obama waited 6 months to call Swine Flu an emergency after thousands died

  1. April 12, 2009 – H1N1
    April 26, 2009 – DHS Secretary “public health emergency”
    June 11, 2009 – WHO “H1N1 is a Pandemic”
    October 23, 2009 – Obama declares H1N1 National Emergency

    James Fluty should have put “National” emergency in his headline.
    James Fluty should change “Public Health Emergency” in October to “National Emergency”

    Facts are either:
    A) Obama waited 6 months to call Swine Flu a National Emergency before millions infected and thousands died
    B) Obama waited 4 months after WHO declared Swine Flu/H1N1 to call Swine Flu a National Emergency before millions infected and thousands died

    Same desired result as this article.

  2. All the references seems to indicate that Obama did very little as compared with what Trump has done. It was the CDC that was in charge. This timeline shows that it is correct. Obama declared a national emergency in October 23 2009 while the outbreak started on March 209.


    The important part of wikipedia articles are the references. In case some of the DEMs want to claim you cannot trust Wikipedia. This is not true, the only thing with Wikipedia is that it can not be used for References for Studies because articles are not check by Peers Review. However, the majority of the references are.

  3. April 26 2009

    Public Health Emergency declared. By law (42 U.S. Code § 247d) the Secretary of Health and Human Services, a member of the President’s cabinet, is the one who declares these. There are no reports that it was done without the president’s knowledge or approval.

    20 US cases, no deaths at that time

    April 28 2009

    Obama makes initial funding request to deal with it

    FDA approves a new CDC test to detect H1N1

    May 1

    Shipments of new CDC test to detect H1N1 begin

    May 6 2009

    CDC distributes updated recommendations for the use of influenza antiviral medicines

    May 31 2009

    148 cases, 1 death (cumulative)

    June 11

    H1N1 declared pandemic by WHO

    October 24 2009

    Obama upgrades H1N1 Public Health Emergency to a National Emergency

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