How many people had died before the emergency was declared in 2009?
How many people had died in the US before Trump declared an emergency and started taking actions to limit new cases coming into the US and getting the CDC, NIH and other relevant agencies ramped up for the fight?
President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the H1N1influenza a national emergency, giving doctors and medical facilities greater leeway in responding to the flu pandemic.
Obama signed the declaration late Friday, which the White House said allows medical treatment facilities to better handle a surge in flu patients by waiving federal requirements on a case-by-case basis.
“The foundation of our national approach to the H1N1 flu has been preparedness at all levels – personal, business, and government – and this proclamation helps that effort by advancing our overall response capability,” the White House said in a statement.
In the proclamation, Obama said the pandemic keeps evolving, the rates of illness are rising rapidly in many areas and there’s a potential “to overburden health care resources.”