On Wednesday, March 11,  the presidential campaign for Democratic candidate Joe Biden released details on the formation of a Public Health Advisory Committee that it hopes will report in a timely manner on the plans Biden’s team will make in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

As The Hill noted, the panel would be made up of six doctors and former government officials and its main function would be to provide “scientific and expert advice on steps to be taken to minimize health risks to the candidate, the campaign and supporters,” according to the former vice president’s campaign.

Biden, who along with fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has been using public speeches to criticize the measures so far implemented by President Donald Trump against the Chinese coronavirus, calling them “inefficient,” received a response from President Trump.

Through his personal Twitter account, President Trump reminded Americans of the impact the H1N1 flu had in 2009 when it was declared a national emergency by the Obama administration.

“Sleepy Joe Biden was in charge of the H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic, which killed thousands of people. The response was one of the worst on record. Our response is one of the best, with fast action of border closings & a 78% Approval Rating, the highest on record. His was lowest!,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Other social network users also took advantage of Biden’s announcement to put the 2009 public health problem into context.

“Hey Joe, tell all of your followers what you did as VP to stop the H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic in 2009. … The CDC said 61 million people in the US were infected by swine flu and caused 12,469 deaths. Fear mongering Biden did nothing,” one user wrote on Twitter.

According to The Gateway Pundit, the Obama administration waited months before declaring the spread of H1N1 on U.S. soil a national emergency. By then, the Virology Journal reported that the epidemic was spreading from the border with Mexico, but the government decided not to shut it down.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Thomas Frieden, was concerned about the limited scope that health agencies had to create a vaccine.

“We are nowhere near where we thought we would be. … As public health professionals, vaccination is our strongest tool. Not having enough is frustrating to all of us,” the CDC director said at the time.