Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY
Published 11: 47 a.m. ET Feb. 24, 2021 | Up to date 6: 41 p.m. ET Feb. 24, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it would distribute extra than 25 million masks to over 1,300 community health centers and 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens in an effort to attain underserved communities and as fragment of the president’s promise to absorb the pandemic response extra equitable.
Between March and Might per chance, the administration will send smartly-fitted fabric masks, available in miniature one and grownup sizes, that would perhaps be washed for reuse, White Home COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced in a news briefing.
The masks will observe coronavirus steering from the Amenities for Illness Regulate and Prevention, be made within the U.S. and may perhaps presumably merely silent now no longer bear an impact on the provide of masks for health care workers.
“No longer all Americans are carrying masks frequently, now no longer all Americans bear get admission to and now no longer all masks are equal,” Zients acknowledged. “With this circulate, we’re helping to stage the having fun with field, giving inclined populations quality, smartly-fitted masks.”
The CDC has immediate carrying a masks as a key step to limiting the unfold of COVID-19, and President Joe Biden has asked every American to place on a masks for his first 100 days in plan of enterprise. The Biden administration has required masks in federal buildings and on public transportation.
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The Department of Health and Human Products and companies, in partnership with the Department of Protection, will deliver masks to Federally Qualified Health Amenities. Among these health centers, two-thirds of the folk served dwell in poverty, 60% are racial or ethnic minorities, and with regards to 1.5 million are homeless, in accordance to a reality sheet supplied by the White Home.
The Protection Department will work with the Department of Agriculture to deliver masks to about 300 food banks that lengthen across a network of 60,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and different food distribution parts.
Americans can take up particular person wrapped masks at any of these areas, Zients acknowledged. Twelve million to 15 million Americans are anticipated to receive masks because the campaign, the White Home acknowledged.
The campaign rollout got here a day after Biden told crucial workers at a virtual roundtable that he anticipated his administration to send millions of masks across the nation “very rapidly.”
President Biden held a moment of silence and candle-lights service to observe the 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 within the United States.
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Biden administration to deliver over 25 million masks to health centers, food pantries