Biden says announcement comes next week via free high-quality masks

President BidenJoe BidenGallego on Jan. 6 Rioters: “F—they” Psaki: Why is the GOP afraid of presidential debates? Biden urges employers to make vaccines MORE despite Supreme Court ruling on Thursday said an announcement about free shipping of quality masks to Americans is coming next week to encourage people to wear more protective masks during the Omicron surge.

“I know that for some Americans, a mask isn’t always affordable or convenient to get. So next week we’ll be announcing how we’re making high-quality masks available to Americans for free,” he said in a remark on the government’s response to COVID-19.

He pointed to the work already being done to ensure there is a stockpile of N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders.

“We have also helped ensure that high-quality masks are widely available and that a sufficient supply is sold at affordable prices online and in stores,” he said in reference to masks for the public.

Biden also addressed frustration among Americans Thursday with continued mask mandates and guidance.

“I know we all wish we were done with wearing masks. I get it. But there is a really important tool to stop the spread, specifically the highly transmissible Omicron variant. So please, please wear the mask,” he said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders
Bernie SandersRepublican Representative who voted to impeach Trump and is running for re-election. Biden’s FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee
(I-Vt.) and over 50 Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday to send a package of three N95 masks to every person in the country.

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsBiden says announcement comes next week Free high-quality masks Overnight Health Care – CDC will not change mask recommendation On Wednesday, the White House said the White House was “actively evaluating” whether to make higher-quality masks available to all.

He added that N95 masks are widely available and the government has a stockpile of over 750 million masks for healthcare workers and first responders.

White House Press Secretary Jens Psaki
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, when asked about Zient’s comments, said the government is working to address the needs of Americans “and make sure they get supplies where we need them.”

“But there is no shortage,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

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