The Biden administration is likely to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency once more, despite the world moving away from active attempts to manage the virus.
This extension would make it so the public health emergency would be in place during the November 2022 midterm elections and early into 2023.
Sources say the decision has not been finalized as some officials within the administration are in favor of not renewing the public health emergency.
Voters are less worried about COVID and increasingly concerned with the state of the economy, polling shows.
A recent poll from Rasmussen Reports found that nearly 60% of U.S. likely voters believe the Democrats ran the economy “straight into the ground”.
Despite the mounting inflation, Democrats are pushing ahead with new climate spending plans and foreign aid, to the detriment of voters who wish they would focus on the domestic economy.
The insistence on maintaining the COVID-19 public health emergency is also irritating to many voters who feel like there are much more pressing issues at hand, while COVID is now perceived to be a largely seasonal virus with a panoply of available treatments.