There was a joke going around a couple of months ago that scientists would discover something called the “midterm variant” of COVID that would flare up right before the November elections. People weren’t that far off, as the Biden administration is insisting that the coronavirus pandemic is still a thing (President Joe Biden just contracted COVID twice despite being double-vaccinated and double-boosted — although he bragged that, unlike President Trump, we had only mild symptoms and was able to work.
Politico is reporting that not everyone in the Biden administration is happy about extending the COVID emergency health order through the November midterms.
NEW — Despite internal disagreement, the Biden adm is planning to extend the Covid emergency health order which will ensure it's in place through the Nov electionhttps://t.co/fnCUUHFPwv
— Sam Stein (@samstein) August 6, 2022
The Biden administration is expected to extend the Covid-19 public health emergency once again, ensuring that federal measures expanding access to health coverage, vaccines and treatments remain in place beyond the midterm elections, three people with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.
The planned renewal follows extensive deliberations among Biden officials over the future of the emergency declaration, including some who questioned whether it was time to let the designation lapse.
Under the proposed extension, the Department of Health and Human Services would continue the declaration beyond the November elections and potentially into early 2023 — pushing the U.S. into its fourth calendar year under a Covid public health emergency.
“Covid is not over. The pandemic is not over,” one senior Biden official said. “It doesn’t make sense to lift this [declaration] given what we’re seeing on the ground in terms of cases.”
The pandemic might not be over, but a lot of people are over the pandemic.
— Nicole Insley🇺🇸 (@kevinleeinsley) August 6, 2022
This is a mistake
— Ryan Gigous (@RyanGigous) August 6, 2022
That was always the plan
— Heinous Pants (@HeinousPants) August 6, 2022
Corrupt regimes never relinquish power.
— Joe Spotswoode (@spotswoode) August 6, 2022
Need those “secure” mail-in ballots!
— Dom (@dom_s_10) August 6, 2022
Just in time for midterms. Lovely
— Reaganette (@Ezinger44) August 6, 2022
I’m surprised they didn’t pivot to Monkeypox
— JPG (@2WaysToPlay) August 6, 2022
Democrats deserve the electoral wipeout coming
— ericontrarian (@eriContrarian) August 6, 2022
Midterm variant as predicted
— Chuck Turner (@ChuckTurner9) August 6, 2022
Of course they’re extending it. Covid is the greatest thing to ever happen to them.
— Common Sense Variant (@TheThirdQuarter) August 6, 2022
If you let the government have emergency powers over you, there will always be an emergency.
— Nuclear Herbs 🏊♂️🚴♂️🏃♂️🏅 (@NuclearHerbs) August 6, 2022
According to the straightshooting, uncompromised Joseph R. Biden, we are living in the eye of no fewer than four concurrent emergencies, each warranting its own drastic, unprecedented countermeasures.
Thank God for his sober, dependable leadership during these dizzying times!
— Judge Holden (@JimNasiun) August 6, 2022
The conspiracy theory that the COVID emergency would extend through the midterms looks like it’s coming true.
‘Calling a 2-year lid’? Biden’s still testing positive for Covid (and bragging about gas prices) https://t.co/eidfZmIocE
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 3, 2022
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