AXIOS May 16, 2022
Adriel Bettelheim,Tina Reed

The Biden administration is expected to signal this week whether it’s ready to end the COVID-19 public health emergency — which would affect a host of health care policies, including vaccines for kids.

Why it matters: Ending the emergency would allow a president who campaigned on ending the pandemic to declare victory over the virus. But the complex series of policy changes — and the continued threat of more COVID waves — could leave the government ill-prepared for whatever comes next.

Driving the news: The Department of Health and Human Services in April extended the emergency declaration through July 15, and has said it would give states and health providers 60 days’ notice before it ends.

  • That makes Tuesday the decision deadline.
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