The COVID-19 emergency will be cancelled as of May 11
The Biden administration has announced that the state of emergency for pandemic COVID-19 will be lifted on May 11. This comes nearly three years after the United States imposed drastic pandemic control measures to contain the spread of the disease.
The COVID-19 emergency and public health emergency were imposed in 2020 by then-President Donald Trump. Biden has repeatedly extended the measures, which allow millions of Americans to receive free tests, vaccines and treatment.
The White House Office of Management and Budget noted in a statement that the president’s executive order, which expires in the coming months, will be extended again until May 11 and then repealed.
“This is consistent with the administration’s previous commitment to give at least 60 days’ notice before the state of emergency expires,” the statement said.
The government is paying citizens for COVID-19 vaccines, some tests, and some treatments under the PE decree. After the expiration date, these costs will be transferred to private insurance and public health insurance plans.
The expiration of the decree also terminates the directives known as Title 42, under which migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti detained while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border will be sent back to Mexico, the statement said.
In a separate statement, the Office of Management and Budget said Joe Biden would veto a bill proposed in Congress that would repeal the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health care providers participating in certain federal programs.
The incidence of COVID-19 infection in the United States is declining, although more than 500 people still die from the disease every day, according to government figures.
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