Story at a glance

  • The Biden administration will distribute 25 million masks across the country starting in March.
  • The masks will be delivered to more than 1,300 community health care centers and 60,000 food pantries nationwide as part of an effort to get quality masks to populations hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The cloth masks will be made available to any American at no cost and will be available in children and adult sizes.

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it will be delivering millions of masks to food banks and community health centers around the country beginning next month. 

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said 25 million masks will be delivered to more than 1,300 community health care centers and 60,000 food pantries nationwide as part of an effort to get quality masks to populations hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Our country is in a historic fight against the Coronavirus. Add Changing America to your Facebook or Twitter feed to stay on top of the news.


The cloth masks will be made available to any American at no cost and will be available in children and adult sizes. Zients said the masks can be washed for reuse and are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and are made in the U.S. 

“Many low-income Americans still lack affordable access to this basic protection,” Zients said during a news briefing Wednesday. “That’s why we’re taking this important action to keep Americans safe.” 

“Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly, not all Americans have access and not all masks are equal. With this action we are helping to level the playing field, giving vulnerable populations quality, well-fitting masks,” he said. 

The CDC has recommended wearing a mask as a vital step to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and recently updated its guidance to say that wearing a cloth mask over a disposable mask could provide more protection. President Biden has asked every American to mask-up during his first 100 days in office. Biden also signed an executive order last month requiring masks in federal buildings and public transportation.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS RIGHT NOW

NEW STUDY SUGGESTS FEW COVID-19 DEATHS OUTSIDE OF WUHAN IN EARLY 2020

HOW COVID-19 VARIANTS STACK UP AGAINST THE VACCINES

TRUMP WAS MUCH SICKER WITH COVID-19 THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, REPORT SAYS

CDC SAYS IF YOU’RE VACCINATED YOU CAN SKIP COVID-19 QUARANTINES

IS IT DANGEROUS OR SMART TO GET TWO DIFFERENT COVID-19 VACCINES?


 

Published on Feb 24, 2021