The United States announced that mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for travelers to the United States and state employees will expire on May 11, the same day the public health emergency ends. More than a million people have died from Covid in the United States, but the White House indicated that the outbreak of the epidemic had almost stopped, which led to the lifting of restrictions.
announce White House Monday announced the expiration of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for travelers to the United States and state employees on May 11.
“We are announcing that the administration will end COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees, federal contractors, and international air travelers at the end of May 11, the same day that the public health emergency ends,” the US presidency said in a statement.
More than a million people have died from Covid in the United States, but the White House indicated that the outbreak of the epidemic had almost stopped, which led to the lifting of restrictions imposed when the virus was ravaging entire regions and imposing a harmful economic closure.
“Since January 2021, COVID-19 deaths have decreased by 95%, and hospitalizations have decreased by about 91%. Globally, COVID-19 deaths have reached their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic,” the White House added.
He continued, “Vaccine requirements have boosted vaccination across the country, and the wider vaccination campaign has saved millions of lives.”
Whereas, requiring arrivals from abroad to prove vaccination against Covid is a procedure applied by many countries, and the approval by local US authorities of mandatory vaccination has sometimes sparked violent political reactions.
In addition to ending mandatory vaccinations, President Joe Biden announced in April that he formally called for an end to the national health emergency, which for more than 3 years has justified a series of extraordinary government measures.
This included generous funding for free COVID-19 testing and vaccination campaigns across the United States.