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Biden admin to end COVID-19 public health emergency in May

The government has extended the emergency without interruption since its initial declaration in 2020.

Published: January 30, 2023 6:24pm

Updated: January 30, 2023 6:42pm

The Biden administration will end the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11, the Office of Management and Budget announced Monday.

"The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were declared by the Trump Administration in 2020," the OMB statement read, per The Hill. "They are currently set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively.  At present, the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date."

The government has extended the emergency without interruption since its initial declaration in 2020. Earlier this month, House Republicans introduced a bill to end the Department of Health and Human Service's emergency declaration, calling such a move "long overdue."

The "Pandemic is Over Act" appears to reference remarks President Joe Biden made asserting that the pandemic had ended.

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