The US House of Representatives approved a bill to end the COVID-19 emergency

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He also gave the green light to a legislative proposal that seeks to end the coronavirus vaccination requirement for health workers in facilities that receive federal aid< /h2>

The US House of Representatives approved a bill to end the emergency by COVID-19

The The US House of Representatives approved a bill that ends the COVID-19 emergency. (REUTERS)

The United States House of Representatives, under Republican control, approved on Tuesday a bill aimed at ending the health emergency in the country declared by COVID-19.

The legislation was endorsed by 220 votes in favor and 210 against and must now continue its parliamentary process in the Senate, where the Democrats have 48 seats< /b> plus the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris; the Republicans hold another 49 and there are 3 independents with a progressive tendency.

The text, promoted by the Republican legislator Brett Guthrie, establishes that the country must terminate said emergency at the time of its promulgation.

The Lower House also gave the green light to a legislative proposal that seeks to end the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for health care workers in facilities that receive federal aid.

The The legislation passed with 227 votes in favor as seven Democratic lawmakers joined the bill, which was sponsored by their Republican colleagues.

The The White House Office of Management and Budgets had indicated this Monday that the United States will no longer consider the pandemic a national emergency as of May 11, after which it will go on to treat COVID as an endemic disease.

The US House of Representatives approved a bill to end the emergency by COVID-19

The The text, promoted by Republican legislator Brett Guthrie, establishes that the country must terminate said emergency at the time of its promulgation. (REUTERS)

The US Administration explained that its plan is to extend the current national emergency and public health emergency declarations, decreed in 2020 by then-Republican President Donald Trump, until May, and suspend both afterwards.

The White House argued that this grace period will avoid the “chaos and uncertainty in the healthcare system” that would result from the success of the Republican initiative that contemplates the cessation of immediate statement.

Congress has already mitigated the scope of the public health emergency that had the most direct impact on Americans, as political calls to end the declaration intensified.

Lawmakers have for months refused to comply with the Biden administration's request for billions more dollars to extend free COVID vaccines and tests. And the spending package passed last year and signed into law by Biden ended a rule that prohibited states from taking people off Medicaid, a move that is expected to cause millions of people to lose their coverage after April 1.

The House The US Representatives approved a bill to end the COVID-19 emergency

Lawmakers have for months refused to comply with the Biden administration's request for billions more dollars to extend free COVID tests and vaccines. (REUTERS)

Costs of COVID-19 vaccines are also expected to skyrocket once the government stops buying them, and Pfizer says it will charge up to $130 per dose. Only 15% of Americans have received the updated and recommended booster that has been offered since last fall.

Once the emergency expires, people with private insurance will have some expenses out-of-pocket for vaccines, tests, and treatment, while the uninsured will have to pay those expenses in full.

Lawmakers expanded telehealth flexibilities that were introduced when COVID-19 hit. 19, prompting health care systems across the country to regularly provide care by phone or computer.

(With information from EFE and AP)

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