One Year Ago Today, Joe Biden Warned That America Wasn’t Prepared for a Pandemic

When COVID-19 really began to affect the United States back in March, it was clear that the country wasn’t prepared. Hospitals faced shortages of PPE supplies and ventilators. There were massive testing problems where people either had to wait in incredibly long lines or couldn’t get a test at all.

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Donald Trump, however, said that none of this was his fault. The president wondered how anyone could have ever prepared for something like this. Joe Biden, though, disagreed. One year ago today, the former vice president warned Americans that the country wasn’t prepared for a global pandemic.

In March, when the virus was really beginning to spread, Trump told reporters, “I would view it as something that just surprised the whole world. Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. So there’s never been anything like this in history. There’s never been. And nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”

Of course, Trump wasn’t being honest with the American people. Thanks to Bob Woodward, we know that Trump did know about the seriousness of the virus, but chose to downplay it.

The vice president, who was then a candidate for the Democratic nomination, was raising alarm about pandemics before they reached our shore. Biden tweeted in October of 2019, “We are not prepared for a pandemic. 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.”


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