US Health Minister Xavier Becerra declares that the country is now in a better position than any other period of the COVID-19 epidemic period. This is thanks to the decisions and actions taken by US President Joe Biden and his administration. Becerra announced that the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has officially ended as of today.
During the last 2.5 years, the US has learned many lessons that have allowed them to be more prepared and flexible in their response to COVID-19. The US has made efforts to create flexibility in the local supply chain, build capacity to ensure adequate stocks, and promote innovation through projects such as NextGen. These efforts have helped to strengthen the US’s response to the pandemic.
Becerra emphasized that although the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has ended, they will continue to protect the health and well-being of all Americans at high risk, especially the elderly and immunocompromised. The Ministry is prepared to manage the future risks of the virus, and COVID-19 will continue to be a public health priority.
The White House also announced that the Ministry of Health’s Bridge Access Program will guarantee free access to COVID-19 vaccines for uninsured people until 2024. This is part of the investments and services for public health during the COVID-19 epidemic.
The latest data shared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that to date, more than 104 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the country, and the number of people who lost their lives due to the virus has reached 1 million 131 thousand 819.
Although the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has officially ended in the US, the country is still working hard to protect the health and well-being of its citizens. The US is continually improving its response to the pandemic, and COVID-19 will continue to be a public health priority.