US COVID-19 Emergency Declarations to End May 11
The Biden administration announced this week that COVID-19 emergency declarations will expire on May 11.
The Details: Former President Donald Trump enacted the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency in early 2020. Biden has extended the measures multiple times, which allow millions of Americans to get free COVID-19 treatments, tests, and vaccines. Those costs will be transferred to private insurance and government health plans when the declarations expire. The Title 42 public health policy, which allows Border Patrol to quickly expel unauthorized migrants, will also end, according to the White House.
For Context: Biden said in September that "the pandemic is over." He then said on Tuesday that "The COVID emergency will end when the Supreme Court ends it," but it's unclear what he meant. Biden also incorrectly said Tuesday that the declarations will expire May 15, rather than the May 11. All House Republicans and seven Democrats voted to pass a bill Tuesday to immediately terminate the COVID-19 emergency and vaccine requirement for health care workers. It's expected to fail in the Senate.
How the Media Covered It: Some left-rated sources, such as CNN, focused on the benefits that will expire in May, who will be affected, and how prices for vaccines and treatments are expected to go up. Some right-rated sources, such as the New York Post and Fox News (Right bias), highlighted confusion around Biden's Supreme Court comment.
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From the LeftThese benefits will disappear when Biden ends the Covid national and public health emergencies in May
President Joe Biden intends to end the Covid-19 national and public health emergencies on May 11, the White House said Monday. That means that many Americans could have to start paying for Covid-19 testing and treatment after the declarations cease.
The White House, in a statement of administration policy announcing opposition to two House Republican measures to end the emergencies, said the national emergency and public health emergency authorities declared in response to the pandemic would each be extended one final time to May 11.
“This wind down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments...
From the CenterU.S. to end COVID-19 emergency declarations on May 11
President Joe Biden's administration on Monday said it will end COVID-19 emergency declarations on May 11, nearly three years after the United States imposed sweeping pandemic measures to curb the spread of the illness.
The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were put in place in 2020 by then-President Donald Trump. Biden has repeatedly extended the measures, which allow millions of Americans to receive free tests, vaccines and treatments.
The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a statement the declarations, which were set to...
From the RightBiden keeping ‘emergency’ COVID powers until May to ‘get everything done’
President Biden said Tuesday that he extended the national emergency declaration for COVID-19 until May 11 to “get everything done.”
Biden gave the explanation hours after announcing the extension — as the Supreme Court prepares for February arguments on his attempt to put $400 billion toward student loan forgiveness by citing the emergency.
“We’ve extended it to May the 15th to make sure we get everything done. That’s all,” Biden said, misstating the end date he ordered, while departing the White House for a trip to promote a rail project in New York City.
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