The administration of President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that it is preparing to distribute 400 million N95-type masks to citizens for free, amid the latest wave of the coronavirus driven by the omicron variant.
Without providing further details, the White House tweeted that “N95 masks will be available in tens of thousands of pharmacies and community health centers” across the country.
According to a federal official, the government will begin distributing the masks at the end of this week so that the public can obtain them by the end of the following week.RELATED
Our Administration is making 400 million N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile available for free to Americans.
N95 masks will be available to the public to pick up at tens of thousands of local pharmacies and health centers.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 19, 2022
The White House announced the move on the eve of Biden’s first anniversary in power.
In his message for the first anniversary of his administration, Biden acknowledged the fatigue of citizens almost two years after the spread of SARS-CoV-2 was decreed as a pandemic, in March 2020.
“I know there is a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country, and we know why: COVID-19,” the US president said.
On Tuesday, the United States opened an online page for citizens to request free COVID-19 tests at home, a day earlier than announced.
The authorities enabled the COVIDTests.gov portal, where Americans can request the sending of a maximum of four free antigen tests per household, despite the fact that last week they had announced that there would be eight tests per month per person.