Biden To Distribute Over 25 Million Masks Starting in March
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The Biden administration announced they will be sending more than 25 million masks to underserved communities on Feb. 24. Masks will be distributed through federally backed health centers and food banks.
“Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly, not all Americans have access and not all masks are equal,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said.
“With this action, we are helping to level the playing field, giving vulnerable populations quality, well-fitted masks.”
There are 1,300 community health centers available to request free masks from the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services. Masks will also be distributed from food banks with help from the Department of Agriculture.
The masks will be made in the United States and will comply with the Center for Disease control guidelines. Although Senators Bernie Sanders and Brian Schatz, Representatives Adam Schiff and Ro Khanna wrote a letter to Biden asking for medical grade masks to be distributed, the masks will be cloth.
The CDC says that wearing a mask is the first step to combating the coronavirus and Biden has asked every American to wear a mask the first 100 days he is in office.
The reusable and washable masks will be sent out in March and available through May.
Forbes reported earlier in February that a White House official said Biden was considering sending a mask to every American due to the new and more dangerous variants. However, Bloomberg published an article yesterday which confirms that plan will be “shelved” for now.
In a meeting earlier this week with Black essential workers Biden said, “We’re probably going to be sending out an awful lot of masks around the country, very shortly — millions of them.”