COVID public health emergency extension undermines future pandemics

  • Keeping the emergency in place could undermine public buy-in for future health emergency declarations when they are needed.
  • A state of emergency might be emboldening state and local governments to hang on to pointless but harmful COVID-19 restrictions.
  • COVID-19 is not the only concern for public health. We need to free up resources to allocate to monkeypox and polio.

In July, the Biden administration extended the COVID-19 public health emergency into October, and he appears poised to extend it again for at least another three months.

At this point, nearly all Americans have some form of immunity. Hospitalization rates haven’t been high for months (despite case rates remaining high in much of the country). 

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