COVID-19: US to deliver 25m free nose masks to vulnerable populations, communities

*The President Joe Biden administration’s programme plans to begin its rollout March 2021 as the White House discloses several low-income Americans still lack this basic Personal Protective Equipment for protection

*In view of the reported 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, nose masks may be needed into year 2022, says foremost American scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As one of the effective measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, United States (US) President Joe Biden has announced that his administration made a commitment to deliver 25 million masks as part of the government’s national strategy to defeat the raging virus in the country.

The White House said during the week that the mask deliveries are focused on vulnerable populations in the communities that were hit hardest by the pandemic in the US.

ConsumerConnect gathered the 25 million masks would be distributed to over 1,300 Community Health Centers and upwards of 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens.

Several low-income Americans, according to the White House, still lack access to this basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for protection even though mask-wearing is a critical step to help slow the spread of the virus and protect people from getting COVID-19 and its recent variants.

As regards the specifics of the imminent rollout of the exercise, the Biden Administration has laid out the details of how each component in its mask delivery plan will be accomplished.

The details include when they will be available: The masks will be available beginning in March and into May this year, presumably while supplies last.

It was learnt another strategy is the delivery of masks to community health centres: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), will deliver millions of masks to “Federally Qualified Community Health Centers” across the country.

Anyone in those communities will be eligible to pick up masks from their local Community Health Centre at no cost, stated the White House.

Recipients will be encouraged to take an individually wrapped package of two masks for each person in their household.

Distribute masks through the nation’s food bank and food pantry system: The DOD, in alliance with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), will deliver masks to approximately 300 of the country’s food banks.

Like health centre visitors, recipients of the nose masks will be encouraged to take an individually wrapped package of two masks for each person in their household.

About the masks: The White House noted the masks are “high-quality, washable, and consistent with the mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” and they’re all American-made, report said.

The administration further explained that the intention of the distribution is to take care of the designated communities and populations, and officials say programme will not impact the availability of masks for healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, foremost American scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that in view of the latest a half-million COVID-19 deaths in the US, masks may be needed into year 2022.

ConsumerConnect reports the country’s death toll from the Coronavirus reached 500,000 over the last weekend, according to various unofficial counts.

Whereas the count maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed just under 500,000 deaths as of the past weekend.

The milestone is occurring almost a year after the first US death from the virus.

Dr. Fauci, a top White House adviser on COVID-19, said Americans might need to wear a nose mask in public into next year.

Making the rounds of network news talk shows last Sunday, the frontline scientist took issue with an assertion by a Johns Hopkins researcher who suggested last week that the US could reach herd immunity by April.

He stressed that “we want to get that baseline really, really, really low before we start thinking that we’re out of the woods.”

Fauci, therefore, suggested that masks may be needed for months in the advanced economy.

Thus far, the COVID-19 has claimed the lives of over 2,462,000 people across the globe, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The US is reported to have suffered the most deaths of any country in the world.

Ironically, the death toll reached that grim height just as cases of the virus appear to be in decline.

It should be noted that cases of the virus have declined in the last four weeks in all but four states, according to report.

The rising optimism about the coronavirus got a dash of cold water over the weekend.

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