Biden will give away free N95 masks at pharmacies and health centers
(Washington DC) – The Biden administration will start making 400 million yen N95 mask available for free to Americans starting next week, federal officials are currently emphasize their better protection against Omicron variant of COVID-19 on a face towel.
The White House announced Wednesday that the masks will come from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile, which has more than 750 million highly protective masks on hand. The masks will be available to pick up at pharmacies and community health centers nationwide. The White House said it will begin shipping this week for distribution starting next weekend.
This will be the federal government’s largest distribution of free masks to the public since COVID-19 pandemic begins. In early 2020, then-President Donald Trump’s administration reviewed and then shelved a plan to send masks to all Americans in their homes. President Joe Biden accepted the initiative after facing much criticism this month about the inaccessibility – both in terms of supply and cost – of N95 masks as the Omicron variant is capable of transmitting High infection swept across the country.
After facing similar criticism over winter shortages COVID-19 home test kit, Biden this week launch a website for Americans who order four express tests to have it shipped to their homes for free, with the first tests shipping later this month.
The White House says the masks will be sold at pharmacies and community health centers that work with the federal government. COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its guidance on face coverings to make it more clear that properly fitted N95 and KN95 masks provide maximum protection against COVID-19. However, it does not officially recommend N95 instead of cloth masks.
Last week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the best mask “is the one you will wear and can wear all day.
Details were not immediately available on program specifics, including what type of mask will be provided, whether children’s respirators will be provided, and whether respirators will be available. covered or not.
The White House said that “to ensure broad access for all Americans, there will be three masks available to each person.”
N95 or KN95 respirators are more widely available now than at any time during a pandemic, although they are often more expensive than surgical masks or less protective cloth masks.