President Donald Trump on Friday responded to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s criticism of his coronavirus response by hitting out at the former vice president over the 2009 swine flu outbreak.
Trump tweeted on Friday: “Biden FAILED BADLY with the Swine Flu. It was the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight’. He didn’t have a clue. We have done an incredible job with the much tougher China Virus!”
The 2009 H1N1 pandemic infected an estimated 60.8 million Americans over the course of one year, from April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, causing the deaths of 12,469 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The coronavirus has so far resulted in over 6.5 million positive cases in the U.S. since last January, with almost 200,000 total deaths attributed to it, according to the CDC.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that there were over 166,000 U.S. deaths from the coronavirus between Feb. 29, when the first death was reported, and August of this year, more than 13 times the estimated number of U.S. deaths from swine flu in its first year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year that although the swine flu “spread very, very well, but the fatality rate was quite low, and that’s the reason why it wasn’t dubbed as a particularly serious pandemic, even though it spread very rapidly.”
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