Biden administration to provide hundreds of millions of free N95 masks

The administration’s plan, which will be announced Wednesday, involves dispersing N95s through pharmacies and community sites, offering more Americans easier access to the medical-grade protective masks amid the spike of COVID-19 cases, Politico reported.

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President Biden walks out of the White House toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, as he heads to Camp David for the weekend.

President Biden walks out of the White House toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, as he heads to Camp David for the weekend. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The move follows updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which clarified last week that some types of masks are more effective than others at protecting against COVID-19, especially amid the surge of the highly contagious omicron variant.

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“Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others,” the CDC wrote in its updated guidance. “It is most important to wear a well-fitting mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arrive at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) 

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arrive at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) 

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