As part of its ongoing fight to push back an increase in COVID cases and hospital admissions related to the omicron variant, the Biden administration is expected to make 400 million N95 masks available free of charge to residents of the United States, and Walgreens says it will participate in program.
The Chicago-based company announced that it would make the masks in various sizes available to the public for free, starting in the near future.
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"We are pleased to partner with the administration to make N95 masks of various sizes available for free at select Walgreens locations nationwide as long as stocks last," a company spokesman said. "We know that masks are an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19."
According to a White House statement, the masks will come from the government's strategic national warehouse, which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand.
The masks are expected to be available for collection at pharmacies and health centers across the country, and the final details are still being worked out, according to Walgreen officials.
The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N-95 masks available to Americans free of charge from next week.
"We are currently finalizing the operational details of this program and will provide information when available," the company said.
The masks will begin shipping this week, and distribution will begin later this month, according to officials. Each one will be able to get up to three of the stitches.
The news comes after the CDC recommended that residents wear properly fitted N95 and KN95 masks, as these coatings proved to be more effective in protecting individuals from the omicron variant of the virus.
Dust masks can still be worn, according to officials.