Biden Admin Seeks to Extend COVID Emergency Declaration Past Midterms

The Biden administration is seeking to extend its COVID-19 emergency declaration beyond the midterms.

Three people with knowledge of the matter told Politico that the decision, which has not been made final, would ensure that federal measures protect some form of health coverage, access to vaccines, and treatments.

“COVID is not over,” one senior Biden official stated. “The pandemic is not over. It doesn’t make sense to lift this [declaration] given what we’re seeing on the ground in terms of cases.”If the proposed extension goes through, the Department of Health and Human Services will continue the declaration past the Nov. midterms and likely into 2023.

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