Posted February 1, 2023
President Joe R. Biden informed the United States Congress on Monday, January 30, that he will end the COVID-19 public health emergencies (PHE) on May 11, 2023, three years after the PHE was first announced.
Ending the COVID-19 PHE will alter how the virus is treated, downgrading it from a pandemic to an endemic public health threat to be managed through the normal actions of the federal government. That would also move vaccine and treatment away from direct federal governance.
Republicans in Congress are calling for an immediate end to the PHE, but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a statement that an “abrupt end to the emergency declarations would create wide-ranging chaos and uncertainty throughout the health care system.”
The OMB released a separate statement threatening a Biden veto of Republican-sponsored legislation in Congress to eliminate COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care providers working on some federal programs.
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