U.S. President Joe Biden has extended the country’s state of emergency for the coronavirus. It was imposed by previous White House head Donald Trump on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency regime will continue after March 1, 2021 indefinitely.
The White House press office said in a statement that the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a significant risk to the public health and safety of the country.
The Biden administration also announced Wednesday that it will distribute more than 25 million masks to 1,300 community health centers and 60,000 soup kitchens to reach low-income communities as part of the president’s strategy to “make the pandemic response more equitable,” USA Today reported. Between March and May of this year, the administration will be sending cloth masks to various states for children and adults that are washable for reuse, White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients said at a briefing. The masks will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for the coronavirus, the White House clarified.