President Joe Biden’s administration Wednesday announced a new program to deliver free masks to Americans in communities around the country.
“While masks are widely available in many different shapes and sizes, many low-income Americans still lack affordable access to this basic protection.” Biden’s Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters during a press briefing,
The Biden’s Administration will send more than 25 million masks to community health centers, food pantries, and soup kitchens with a price of $86 million. More Americans will be encouraged to wear masks to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.
Zients said low-income communities would be targeted.
“We really believe that this policy makes a lot of sense in that it allows people who are not able to find or afford masks,” he said.
The masks will be made in America out of cloth, Zients confirmed.
“Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly; not all Americas have access, and not all masks are equal,” he said.
The program to deliver free masks will begin in March.
This program is another example of President Biden keeping his promise on the focus of “racial equality” during the coronavirus pandemic, Zients said. Two-thirds of people in community health centers live in poverty; 60 percent are ethnic minorities or racial.
“It’s part of our equity strategy and central to that,” Zients said.
According to the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services will partner with the Department of Defense on the program.
Biden issued an executive order mandating masks on federal property his first day in office.