(Washington) The United States will lift the obligation to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on the evening of May 11 for federal officials and international travelers arriving by air, the White House announced on Monday.

This lifting of the vaccination obligation corresponds to the end of the state of health emergency declared by Washington in January 2020.

The United States is officially the country that has paid the highest price for the pandemic, with more than a million deaths.

Since January 2021, that is to say since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, “deaths due to COVID-19 have dropped by 95% and hospitalizations by almost 91%”, explains the American executive in a communicated.

He adds that by the time 270 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, “we are no longer in the same phase of pandemic response as when these obligations were put in place. in place. »

The measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular the obligation to vaccinate have given rise to fierce political debates in the United States.