Flashback: Stockpile of Respiratory Masks Were Depleted Under Obama, Never Replenished
**Originally published March 2020** Even though Barack Hussein Obama has been out of the White House since 11:59am on January 20, 2017, his policies still greatly affect the American people on a daily basis.
If this new report on respiratory masks being depleted and not restocked during the Obama era is true, it will only further demonstrate his ineptness as president.
From Washington Examiner:
The national shortage of N95 respirator masks can be traced back to 2009 after the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, when the Obama administration was advised to replenish a national stockpile but did not, according to reports from Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times.
The Trump administration is scrambling to replenish a stockpile of protective medical gear for healthcare workers and patients as the coronavirus sweeps across the nation. N95 respirator masks are one of the most needed medical supplies amid the outbreak.
The George W. Bush administration published the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza plan in 2005, which called on the federal government to distribute medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile governed by the Health and Human Services Department in the event of an outbreak.Advertisement - story continues below
In 2009, the H1N1 outbreak hit the United States, leading to 274,304 hospitalizations, 12,469 deaths, and a depletion of N95 respirator masks.
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