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The Biden administration will soon make more high-quality masks available to children.
Dr. Tom Inglesby, senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 response team, told a briefing on Wednesday that 230 million masks had already been delivered to pharmacies and community health centers. And now, he said, there will be an expanded effort focused on children.
“We are now in the process of planning the distribution of masks for children. And we will have more to say about this in the coming days. But there is a commitment to do this, and there is a process underway, certainly, for all adults to get masks now for free at pharmacies and community health clinics across the country,” Inglesby said.
It is not yet known what type of masks will be distributed. Standard masks are not always suitable for small faces.
Children under 5 are not yet able to receive vaccines, and vaccination of children of vaccine age lags behind other groups.
The CDC recommends that anyone age 2 or older who is not vaccinated wear masks in indoor public spaces.
The move comes as many states recently dropped mask requirements for school children.
This story originally appeared in the morning edition live blog.