White House to End COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in May

January 31, 2023

The Biden administration plans to end the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) on May 11, according to a Statement of Administration Policy released Monday. The White House announced its plans in response to now-passed legislation in the House of Representatives that would immediately terminate the emergencies. The Biden Administration previously stated that it would give at least 60 days’ notice before ending the PHE. 

Ending the PHE will change how many Americans access COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines . The Kaiser Family Foundation published a brief that provides an overview of the major health-related COVID-19 federal emergency declarations, summarizes the flexibilities triggered by each, and includes when each provision expires.