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Both presidents Bush and Obama warned against a Covid19-like pandemic
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Jean Mum 2020-05-02 at 23:21

In 2014, Obama called for more pandemic preparedness
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Cathy Vikulchik 2020-05-02 at 23:13

"If caught early it might be extinguished with limited damage. If allowed to smoulder, undetected, it can grow to an inferno that can spread quickly beyond our ability to control it.", Bush warned in 2004. "We need medical personnel and adequate supplies of equipment", he added. Ten years later, Obama repeated the same warning in 2014. He called for more pandemic preparedness. "It's needed to help us partner with other countries to prevent and deal with future outbreaks and threats before they become epidemics", he urged. "There may and likely will come a time in which we have an airborne disease that is deadly," president Obama warned. While leaders in other countries like South Korea, China, Japan acted swiftly to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, Trump minimized the risk. He claimed he had the virus "under control". That the number of cases in the United States would go "down", not "up". He prescribed chloroquine and detergents. With a ravaging pandemic looming in the horizon, America dithered and procrastinated, became mired in chaos and confusion, got distracted by the ignorant whims of its leader, and the country is now confronted by a health emergency of daunting, unprecedented proportions. As Covid-19 spread, ravaged lives, and upended the global economy over the past two months, Donald Trump first assured Americans that it was going to go away --then chalked it all up as a complete surprise that the disease was spreading like wildfire, killing so many people in its wake and shutting down so many businesses. To date, America has 1,160,774 cases and more than 68,000 deaths, with a daily average of almost 3,000 deaths.

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