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Biden administration to send millions of masks

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President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual roundtable with Black essential workers hosted by Domestic Policy Council director Susan Rice, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says the administration expects to send millions of masks to people around the country “very shortly.”

Such a plan was considered and dropped by Donald Trump’s administration.

Biden didn’t provide details, including cost, timing and the type of mask to be shipped. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president confirmed the plan during a virtual roundtable discussion Tuesday with four Black essential workers: a St. Louis firefighter and EMT, a Chicago pharmacist, a child-care center employee in Columbus, Ohio, and a grocery store district manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Biden has asked everyone to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his term. He also required mask-wearing in federal buildings and on public transportation.

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