Obama Shares Joe Biden's Year-Old Pandemic Prophecy

Josephine Harvey
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted exactly one year ago that the United States was not prepared for a pandemic.

Former President Barack Obama and dozens of others shared the tweet from Oct. 25, 2019, on Sunday, its one-year anniversary. The tweet highlighted the former vice president’s foresight months before the coronavirus pandemic first brought the world to a standstill, eventually killing more than 225,000 people in the U.S.

“We are not prepared for a pandemic,” Biden tweeted. “Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security. We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores.”

The tweet included a link to a Washington Post story about the Global Health Security index — a report by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security — which found that 195 countries, including the U.S., were not fully prepared to respond should an outbreak occur.

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The prescient tweet has recirculated a number of times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 42.8 million people worldwide and killed more than 1.1 million so far.

President Donald Trump has often blamed his predecessors for his own administration’s lack of preparedness to deal with the pandemic.

He has repeatedly criticized Obama for not leaving him a fully stocked national stockpile of medical supplies. In fact, Congress did not approve the Obama administration’s full budget request to restore the stockpile depleted during the 2009-10 H1N1...

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