Sunday, October 25, 2020

Biden tweet from exactly one year ago warns US is ‘not prepared’ for a pandemic

Danielle Zoellner
,The Independent•October 25, 2020

A tweet from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden from one year ago in which he made the claim the United States was “not prepared” for a pandemic has gone viral

“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 mobilises the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores,” Mr Biden wrote on 25 October, 2019.

Mr Biden made the tweet months before reports indicated there was a novel coronavirus spreading through China.


An interview with veteran journalist Bob Woodward revealed that President Donald Trump knew about the potential severity of Covid-19 back in January, but at the same time he was telling the American public it was not a problem.

“This is deadly stuff," the president told Woodward during one interview on 7 February. "You just breathe the air and that's how it's passed. And so that's a very tricky one. That's a very delicate one. It's also more deadly than even your strenuous flu."

Three days later, Mr Trump told a rally crowd it would “miraculously go away” by April.


In recent days, Mr Trump has claimed the US was “turning a corner” in the pandemic. But on Friday the country recorded its highest single-day number of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

Hospitalisations are also on the rise across at least 33 states.

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