Leaving the White House on Tuesday, President Biden was asked about his decision to end the national Covid-19 emergency on May 11.
"What’s behind your decision to end the Covid emergency?" one reporter asked.
"The Covid emergency will end when the Supreme Court ends it," Biden responded. "We’ve extended to May the 11th to make sure we get everything done."
The comment comes after Biden informed Congress on Monday that he would be ending two emergency orders regarding the Covid-19 pandemic on May 11, 2023, over three years after they were enacted.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wrote in a Statement of Administration Policy that Biden will be extending one last time the Covid national emergency, which was scheduled to expire on March 1, and the public health emergency (PHE), which was set to expire on April 11.
On May 11, these two emergency orders will be allowed to expire.
According to the OMB, "An abrupt end to the emergency declarations would create wide-ranging chaos and uncertainty throughout the health care system — for states, for hospitals and doctors’ offices, and, most importantly, for tens of millions of Americans.”
Among programs to end when the emergency order expires is Title 42, which was put in place by the Trump administration in March 2020, which enabled immigration officials to quickly expel migrants due to public health concerns. The Biden administration has been trying for months to get Title 42 lifted.
According to the OMB, lifting Title 42 would "result in a substantial additional inflow of migrants at the Southwest border."
“To be clear, continuation of these emergency declarations until May 11 does not impose any restriction at all on individual conduct with regard to COVID-19,” the administration said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “They do not impose mask mandates or vaccine mandates. They do not restrict school or business operations. They do not require the use of any medicines or tests in response to cases of COVID-19.”
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