By Jennifer Kerns, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher | All-American News
President Joe Biden is contemplating mailing a mask to every household in the United States to help combat COVID-19, according to NBC News.
The new president is dusting off a plan initially developed by the Trump administration which would have placed masks in the hands of Americans in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki argued at the White House Press Briefing on Thursday that no final decisions have been made about the proposal that would help cover — no pun intended — 130 million households.
If Biden truly wanted to make an impact without overly burdening American taxpayers, may we suggest he consider sending masks only to senior citizens, hospitals, health centers, and nursing homes where they are needed most.
The previous Trump draft of the plan included engaging the United States Postal Service to deliver the masks — until Trump got into a row with the men and women in blue over their delivery of election mail during the pandemic. An original story from The Washington Post also confirmed that Trump ultimately shelved the plan citing concerns that it would spread undue panic.
One wonders if President Donald Trump had carried out the “millions masked” plan, the election would have gone differently. After all, Trump’s biggest polling weakness is that he didn’t take COVID-19 seriously — and Americans disapproved of his and his supporters’ anti-mask views.
However, those concerns belie the fact that Trump was the first to sound the alarm about the pandemic even while the World Health Organization and others downplayed the threat. Trump even shuttered flights from at-risk countries in the face of great criticism even while Biden, then-candidate Kamala Harris, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a rally — maskless and speaking directly into each other’s mouths at close distance — with thousands as late as March 9.
Nevertheless, Biden’s consideration of the mass distribution plan shows that the White House Coronavirus Task Force is back on the job and engaged in examining every solution to help the country move past COVID-19 and maybe, just maybe, get back to work once and for all.