On Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he will end the national emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic on May 11, 2021. This move will formally restructure the federal response to the virus as an endemic threat to public health that is managed through agencies' normal authorities. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also preparing to decide whether to end its global emergency declaration later this week.
COVID-19 cases have decreased in the U.S., though the virus is still a threat. The end of the emergency means that those with private insurance will have some out-of-pocket costs for vaccines, tests, and treatment, and the uninsured will have to pay for these expenses in their entirety. Additionally, the costs of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to rise once the government stops buying them.
Overall, the end of the emergency declarations for COVID-19 marks a significant step in the global pandemic response. With the virus still present, it is important for individuals to continue to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others.