After rolling out the free at-home COVID-19 testing kits, the Biden administration will soon begin offering free N95 masks to Americans.

The 400 million non-surgical N95 masks are expected to come from the country’s  Strategic National Stockpile and will become available within the next few weeks.

People will be able to acquire the free masks at local pharmacies and community health centers nationwide. There will be a limit of three masks per person.

The free mask program is expected to be “fully up and running by early February,” according to a White House official. “This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history,” the statement read.

The 400 million masks will be taken from the 750 million masks stored in the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.

The move follows the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommended the use of N95 masks and other fitted face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

The N95 masks, which have been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, reportedly filter 95% of airborne particles and offer “the highest level of protection” against the virus. 

Data from Johns Hopkins University found an average of more than 750,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported daily in the last week.

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