USPS had a plan to send 5 reusable facemasks to every household in early April.

The White House blocked the plan.

At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other specifics, was never sent. [...]

Before the news release was sent, however, the White House nixed the plan, according to senior administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal deliberations. Instead, HHS created Project America Strong, a $675 million effort to distribute "reusable cotton face masks to critical infrastructure sectors, companies, healthcare facilities, and faith-based and community organizations across the country." About 600 million of the 650 million masks ordered have been distributed, according to an HHS spokesperson, including 125 million set aside for schools.

"There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president that households receiving masks might create concern or panic," one administration official said in response to the scrapped mask plan.

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9 Responses:

  1. Jon says:

    "At one point in April" ... being April 1st? ;-)

  2. Dude says:

    And just a few months later, that evil orange fucker tried to have the National Guard use a fucking sci-fi death ray on protesters to make them think their skin was on fire.

    Yes, really.

  3. not pj says:

    The picture you chose for this post confused me immensely while reading

    • Lloyd says:

      We're going to need another, better, remake of Point Break.

      We're all going to die. The only question is how.

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