Biden has fought a pandemic before. It did not go smoothly.

Biden has fought a pandemic before. It did not go smoothly.

[Ed. – Not to fear. This time Biden is prepared if he becomes president. He’ll get his advice from a Magic 8 Ball.]

In an interview on NBC’s “Today,” Biden said he wouldn’t advise his family to fly on planes or ride the subway.

Airlines angrily accused Biden of fearmongering. Media reports noted that Biden’s pessimism contrasted sharply with the reassurances President Barack Obama had given a day earlier, when he said there was no need to panic even as he declared a national health emergency. …

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By 4 p.m., the three officials were hosting a news conference and backing away from the vice president’s words.

The snafu was the first of many scrambles and setbacks by the Obama administration in its initial response to the swine flu. POLITICO interviewed almost two dozen people, including administration officials, members of Congress and outsiders who contended with the administration’s response, and they described a litany of sadly familiar obstacles: vaccine shortfalls, fights over funding and sometimes contradictory messaging.