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What happens after COVID-19 emergencies end?

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The public health and national emergencies declared by the United States in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic expire at the end of the day on May 11.

Ending the emergencies will impact how the country responds to COVID-19 — especially how patients will pay for vaccines and treatments.

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The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency in the United States will impact access to testing, vaccines and treatments. Image: Adobe Stock

We put together a collection of recent stories that address the question: What happens now?

Experts fear impact of US plan to end COVID-19 emergencies

The end of the emergencies means the US will transition from a government-led effort against COVID-19 to a more commercialized response. We spoke with experts about what that means for patient care and public health. read more

$1.1B program will keep COVID-19 vaccines, treatments free for uninsured in US

One concern has been addressed: HHS announced last month the creation of a $1.1 billion public-private partnership to maintain free access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments for uninsured people. read more

Why is it important to maintain access to Paxlovid?

We asked Rajesh T. Gandhi, MD, physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, to explain why it is important to maintain access to Paxlovid as a treatment for COVID-19 after the emergencies expire. read more

White House plans to end COVID-19 health emergencies in May

When the White House announced its plan to end the emergencies, it did so in a formal statement that opposed two House bills that would have immediately terminated them. The Biden administration had previously vowed to provide at least 60 days’ notice to allow for a “wind-down” period. read more

‘A tone of confusion’: Rheumatology providers, patients prepare for end of COVID emergency

Understanding the landscape will be critical for physicians who expect questions from patients about the ramifications of the decision to end the emergencies to keep patients safe and healthy as the financial and regulatory grounds shift. read more

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