Almost three years after they were first proclaimed, President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for resolving COVID-19 on May 11.
This is because most of the world has begun to return to a more normal state.
The federal coronavirus response would be legally restructured to treat the virus as an endemic hazard to public health that can be addressed through agencies’ regular authorities if the decision to end the national and public health emergency designations are made.
Congress has already curtailed the emergency provisions that kept millions of Americans insured during the pandemic.
It would also delink the creation of vaccines and treatments from the direct control of the federal government, along with the withdrawal of the majority of the federal COVID-19 relief funds.