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Joe Biden will send 400 million high-quality N95 masks to pharmacies and health centers

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Joe Biden will send 400 million high-quality N95 masks to pharmacies and health centers

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President Biden will make 400 million N95-grade masks available free of charge at tens of thousands of pharmacies and community health centers as part of efforts to control the winter spike of the coronavirus, the administration announced Wednesday.

The masks will ship from strategic national stock in the coming days and will begin arriving at locations by next week. The program will be fully operational in early February.

A White House official called it “the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in US history” and said the masks would be available at the same sites where Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines. 19 and reminders.

An N95 mask is considered the gold standard for protection against the virus and is far more effective than cloth masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said any mask is better than no mask, but urged Americans to use higher-quality N95 and KN95 masks over cloth and surgical masks because they block more particles that could contain the virus.

The White House said the use of the Defense Production Act and other actions has dramatically increased the number of high-quality masks available, so there are enough supplies for health workers and the public. American.

Mr Biden is rolling out the masks as he tries to catch up with an omicron wave that has been building since Thanksgiving and is beginning to peak in parts of the Northeast, although it may hit other parts of the United States well into February.

Also on Wednesday, Mr. Biden officially launches a federal website, covidtests.gov, from which every U.S. household can order four free home COVID-19 tests. The US Postal Service will ship home tests.

For more information, visit The Washington Times COVID-19 resource page.



Joe Biden will send 400 million high-quality N95 masks to pharmacies and health centers

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