Baku, February 8, AZERTAC
The Biden White House is considering sending masks directly to American households, according to three people familiar with the discussions, an action the Trump administration explored but scrapped, according to NBC News.
The Covid-19 Response Team is evaluating the logistics of mailing out millions of face coverings, but no decision has been made, and the proposal hasn't yet reached President Joe Biden for final approval, a White House official said.
The idea has been raised in several meetings among Biden's top health experts in recent days, particularly as Biden continues to urge Americans to use masks as a primary defense against the spread of the coronavirus.
Biden has asked all Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his term, and he has signed several executive actions that mandate wearing face coverings on federal property and aboard public transit, moves President Donald Trump never enacted.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that the Biden administration is even weighing whether people should double-mask. He indicated that it will wait for science to guide its recommendations, but he said the key is to wear at least one.