Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and a handful of his Democratic colleagues are urging President Joe Biden to explore options for making higher quality masks available to the public through the U.S. Postal Service to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Calls have been growing from public health experts for the federal government to provide updated guidelines on the use of better quality masks and rollout a national effort to get high-filtration face coverings, like N95s, to the public as the pandemic continues to rage.
In a letter sent to Biden on Monday, Sanders, Reps. Adam Schiff and Ro Khanna, both of California, and Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii asked that the new administration prioritize educating Americans about higher quality masks. They also encouraged the president to examine options for using the USPS to distribute medical masks and for making them available for pick up at locations in local communities.