Biden plans to distribute 400 million free N95 masks to public

The masks come from the nation’s strategic supply and they’ll be available at community health centers and pharmacies as soon as next week.
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- The pandemic now. And we have new details tonight about that plan to hand out 400 million free N95 masks in this country from the nation's strategic supply. They'll be available at community health centers and pharmacies as soon as next week at this country. Also tonight, how to get those free at home test kits. Tens of millions of families already ordering theirs. Also tonight, what Dr. Fauci said about children under 5 and vaccines. And there's news from the CDC tonight. What they're saying now if you've had COVID and your level of protection now. Here's ABC's Kayna Whitworth. KAYNA WHITWORTH: Tonight, the Biden administration gearing up to roll out 400 million N95 masks for Americans to pick up free of charge at pharmacies and community centers as early as the end of next week. Each person will be able to get up to 3 N95's which the CDC says provides the highest level of protection. - The most important thing for anyone is to wear the highest quality mask that fits well and that you can tolerate. KAYNA WHITWORTH: And Dr. Fauci says the government will order and send out special N95 masks for kids as well. Just a day after the launch of COVIDtests.gov. About 27 million Americans visiting that online order form for four free at-home COVID tests per household. But for weeks those rapid tests have been in short supply. - I saw the sign in there. It said no COVID tests or they're all out. KAYNA WHITWORTH: And PCR testing labs are racing to keep up with the omicron surge as well. California reporting a million COVID cases in the past week. We got a look inside the state's largest fully automated lab processing up to 120,000 tests a day. - Test results that show up two, three, four days later don't have the relevance of a test result that you get in less than 24 hours. KAYNA WHITWORTH: The country's second largest school district in Los Angeles relying on that fast turnaround to stay open. Twice a day samples are loaded onto a private plane and flown here to Palo Alto for processing. And tonight, an update for parents waiting for a vaccine to be authorized for their children under five. Dr. Fauci saying two to four-year-olds may need a third vaccine for full protection. - In a very disappointing way the dose that was used for children 24 months to four years did not induce a response that was felt to be adequate. - A lot of parents waiting for news on children under five. So we'll continue to track that for everybody at home. Kayna with us now from inside that lab. And Kayna, I know the CDC also out tonight with this new study confirming really what many have long hoped. That if you've been infected with the virus that it does at the very least help protect you in the future from infection. - Right, David. So the study was done during the Delta variant. And they found that being both vaccinated and previously infected offered you the best protection against that variant. But the CDC also found that infection alone offered significant protection. But they don't know how long that lasts. So with that uncertain future testing labs like this say they can adapt and they can ramp up if need be. David. - All right, Kayna Whitworth with us from California tonight. Kayna, thank you.

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