US President Joe Biden has signed legislation to end the national emergency for COVID-19. The bill passed the Senate in March in a 68-23 vote.
White House officials have said the legislation will not affect the planned wind-down of the Public Health Emergency on May 11. Instead, the plan will enable the government to provide Americans with free COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.
The May 11 wind-down will also offer social safety net benefits to help minimize the impact of the pandemic on citizens.
On March 13, 2020, ex-President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration allowed for increased access to funding and resources to combat the virus's spread and support those affected.