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Biden Gets Virus Name Wrong at Debate

Calls swine flu 'N1H1'

• March 15, 2020 8:45 pm

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Former vice president Joe Biden misstated the name of the H1N1 "swine flu" virus during Sunday night's Democratic debate, calling it "N1H1."

"We have been through this before with the coronavirus," Biden said. "We've been through this before with dealing with the viruses, the N1H1 virus as well as what happened in Africa."

Biden was referring to the H1N1 virus, known as "swine flu" that was declared a pandemic between June 2009 and August 2010. He also referred to the Ebola outbreak in Africa that started in February 2014.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic due to its rapid spread around the world and extreme impact on different civil societies.