Biden administration plans to distribute 25 million masks for low-income Americans
The Biden administration will distribute more than 25 million masks across the country in an effort to improve mask adherence.
White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said during a White House press briefing that the masks will be delivered to more than 1,300 community health centers and 60,000 food pantries throughout March in an effort to “level the playing field” for low-income Americans who may have difficulty accessing masks that meet CDC guidelines.
“Any American who needs a mask will be able to walk into these health centers or food pantries and pick up high-quality, American-made masks,” Zients said during the briefing.
Zients said that all masks will be free to the public, made of cloth to CDC standards, and will be available in both children and adult sizes. He said the initiative will be an important step in achieving the administration’s “100-day mask challenge.”
“One of the most impactful things we can do is wear a mask,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said during the briefing. “This is so important during this critical period where cases are declining but variants that spread more easily are increasing throughout our country.”