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The US will end the COVID-19 health emergency on May 11

The end of the emergency will also mean the end of the Trump-era border policy, known as Title 42.

The Government of the United States has announced this Monday to the Congress of the country that it will put an end to the national public health emergency declared by the coronavirus epidemic on May 11, all three years after the virus first arrived in the country. US.

This was announced by the US president, Joe Biden, in a statement in which he detailed that the national emergency and the public health emergency declared by the Trump Administration in 2020, which expired on March 1 and April 11, respectively , will be extended until May 11, 2023 and then finalized.

This decision is motivated by notifying hospitals, medical offices and nursing homes at least 60 days in advance of the end of emergencies, in order to avoid an abrupt end and the subsequent chaos and uncertainty.

“The continuation of these emergency declarations until May 11 does not impose any restriction on individual conduct with respect to COVID-19. They do not impose mask mandates or vaccine mandates,” Biden’s letter reads, before listing two of the considerations of this decision.

“If the national health emergency were to end suddenly, it would sow confusion and chaos in this critical liquidation. Because of this uncertainty, tens of millions of Americans could risk abruptly losing their health insurance, and states could risk losing thousands millions of dollars in funding,” the White House has argued.

Thus, adequate time would be given to medical centers to train staff and establish new billing processes, avoiding collapses and long waiting lists.

Biden has stressed that another of the consequences of the end of the national emergencies declared by the COVID-19 pandemic is that the policy of Title 42, the Trump-era border policy, will end.

In this regard, Biden recalled that despite the fact that his administration had previously tried to end the measure, the Supreme Court suspended its expiration at the end of December, alluding to the fact that Title 42 was an effective tool against the spread of the coronavirus, reason for which it is still valid.

For this reason, he has stressed that, with the end of this policy, the flow of migrants to the country is expected to increase considerably, especially from the southern border.

“The administration supports an orderly and predictable liquidation of Title 42, with enough time to implement alternative policies,” Biden emphasized, reiterating his support for ending emergencies on May 11.

Title 42 is a public health provision promoted by the previous US Administration, chaired by Donald Trump, which authorizes the collective expulsion of any migrant and asylum seeker who tries to cross the land borders of the United States, without an individual evaluation of their circumstances. and protection needs.

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