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Pressure Mounts to End COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration

Republicans are calling on the Biden administration to end the national emergency declaration after President Biden said on television the COVID-19 pandemic was over.

Sen. Roger Marshall, M.D. of Kansas introduced a resolution yesterday to end the declaration after Biden told 60 Minutes on Sunday the pandemic had come to an end but he did qualify the statement. “We still have a problem with COVID.  We’re still doing a lot of work on it,” said Biden.

“It was jaw-dropping,” Marshall told the Wall Street Journal, referring to the billions of dollars the White House continues to request in the name of fighting the pandemic. “Here’s Joe Biden talking out of both sides of his mouth saying that the COVID pandemic is over with and yet he wants to continue these emergencies.”

Marshall attempted to end the state of emergency on March 3 and a resolution passed the Senate in a vote of 48 – 49.  The White House threatened a veto, and the measure was never picked up in the U.S. House.

In March 2020, President Donald Trump involved the declaration which falls under the National Emergencies Act.  It has been extended several times and is currently set to expire on October 13.

Biden’s Moment of Truth

“President Biden said what we’ve all known is true for months,” said Twila Brase, the president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom in a press release published the following day after his television interview. “Government officials must take him at his word and end the emergency declarations.”

The declarations are not so harmless says Brase. “Taxpayer dollars continue to be spent on unnecessary programs that are harmful to the American people and to American business…Under these declarations, the emergency use authorizations for Covid shots (including untested booster shots) have continued to advance injection mandates in places of employment. People are forced to choose between a job they want and a jab that could harm them, potentially for life.”

Minimal Threat

Though hundreds of thousands of Omicron cases continue to be registered daily, symptoms and death rates have significantly decreased while treatment options continue to improve.

“Currently the dominant variant, Omicron, is very mild for most people, even those in high-risk categories,” said Paul Alexander, Ph. D., a COVID-19 consultant researcher in evidence-based medicine, research methodology, and clinical epidemiology. “It is appearing to be less severe than the seasonal flu in general with effective therapeutic treatments available.”

Alexander says it is hard to justify a state of emergency.

“It cannot be justified by fears of a hypothetical recurrence of some more severe infection at some unknown hypothetical point in the future. We just cannot operate public health policy this way. If a novel severe strain or variant were to occur and it seems unlikely from Omicron…then that would be the time we discuss a declaration of emergency. Not now. It is done, it is over and it is time we let Americans go back to normal life,” said Alexander.

The Current Crisis

With so many resources still focused on the waning threat of COVID, several immediate health crises loom, not the least of which has been a shortage of health care employees.

Under the emergency, hospitals laid off nurses and health care workers who chose not to receive COVID-19 inoculations.

The vaccine mandates were a mistake, says Alexander.

“The data clearly showed very early on after COVID vaccine rollout that there was no difference in terms of viral load between a vaccinated and an unvaccinated person,” Alexander said. “Thus, the policy was punitive and nonsensical, and not just for nurses, but for all employees subjected to it without any scientific basis. Hospitals and workplaces should take these employees back and pay them all lost wages.”

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics says 275,000 more nurses are needed from now until 2030.

Another concern is lifting Title 42, which was put into effect in 2020 by former President Trump during the emergency. Title 42 allows for the expulsion of migrants at the border to prevent communicable diseases in the country, like COVID-19.

Removing Title 42 could unleash a flood of migrants trying to come into the U.S, says Ira Mehlman, the media director at Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

“When the administration first began discussing lifting Title 42 in the spring, DHS (Department of Homeland Security) created a task force for addressing what they themselves anticipated would be an even larger surge of illegal immigration once the measure was rescinded,” said Mehlman.

“Notably, their plans did not, and still don’t, include any measures to prevent still higher levels of illegal immigration (notwithstanding Kamala Harris’ assertion that the border is secure),” said Mehlman. “Rather, their focus was on processing migrants faster and moving them into the interior of the country – which pretty much encapsulates this administration’s border and immigration policy.”

 

Ashley Bateman (bateman.ae@googlemail.com) writes from Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Bateman
Ashley Bateman
Ashley Bateman is a policy reform writer for The Heartland Institute and contributor to The Federalist as well as a blog writer for Ascension Press. Her work has been featured in The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The New York Post, The American Thinker and numerous other publications. She previously worked as an adjunct scholar for The Lexington Institute and as editor, writer and photographer for The Warner Weekly, a publication for the American military community in Bamberg, Germany. Ashley earned a BA in literature from the College of William and Mary.

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