Biden Administration Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Again

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced the extension of the COVID-19 state of emergency via a declaration titled “Renewal of Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists.”

In the declaration, Bacerra states:
“As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective January 11, 2023, the January 31, 2020, determination by former Secretary Alex M. Azar II, that he previously renewed on April 21, 2020, July 23, 2020, October 2, 2020, and January 7, 2021, and that I renewed on April 15, 2021, July 19, 2021, October 15, 2021, January 14, 2022, April 12, 2022, July 15, 2022, and October 13, 2022, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.”

However, President Biden claimed in a September 2022 interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that “the pandemic is over.” In the interview, Biden acknowledged that there is still a problem with COVID and that work is ongoing.

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