White House makes Covid's emergency plan public
White House makes Covid's emergency plan public

USA: The COVID-19 national emergency will first need to be extended, but the White House said on Monday it wants to end it by May 11.

The proposal comes as the World Health Organization said public health restrictions should continue in some capacity and as Republicans in the House of Representatives announced a vote to end the emergency.

Both the current National Emergency Declaration and Public Health Emergency (PHE) are due to expire on 1 March and 11 April respectively.

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According to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget, which was cited by multiple media outlets, President Joe Biden plans to "extend the emergency declarations until May 11 and then end both emergencies on that date." The PHE was recently extended on January 11.

I'm too late! Republicans have already said they will pass COVID through the House this week and declare it over, Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted in response. Biden is attempting to claim credit while the GOP is ahead on the issue.

The pandemic "continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)," according to the emergency committee's findings, which were published provisionally by the WHO.

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The committee's conclusion that the pandemic is "potentially at a transition point" was supported by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who called for "alternative mechanisms to maintain global and national focus" on the disease after the emergency was passed. supported his suggestion for ,

The advisory body urged member states and the WHO to "maintain a multiple component surveillance system" and to push for vaccination, even to the point of incorporating it into a "life-course immunization" programme.

The Biden administration attempted to apply the rules first to government employees and then to the private sector, but US courts have struck down most of the directives as unconstitutional.

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In his 2020 campaign, Biden pledged to "shut down the virus". As of Monday, Covid-19 was responsible for 1.11 million US deaths, up from 400,000 on the eve of his inauguration in January 2021.

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