US President Joe Biden on Monday ended the national state of emergency declared due to the covid-19 pandemic by signing the relevant legal standard, adopted by Congress. The White House announced it. The state of emergency was declared in March 2020 by the administration of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
The United States has paid the highest price for the pandemic in the form of more than a million deaths. The end of the state of emergency means that significant funding to provide covid-19 tests, free vaccinations and other emergency measures will no longer be available, AFP reported. Biden opposed it, but not enough to veto it, the AP noted.
A separate state of health emergency is set to expire on May 11, hand in hand with the expiration of strict anti-immigration measures at the US-Mexico border. These measures enable the immediate deportation of visa-free migrants, including potential asylum seekers.
The US executive has said it wants to repeal the measure known as “Title 42” and replace it with another legal mechanism to regulate the flow of migrants.
Leave a Reply