In a speech to the National Institute of Health on Thursday, President Joe Biden said that American citizens could be required to wear masks "through the next year" in an effort to contain the COVID-19 contagion.
Biden said that he "had a little discussion with my friends behind me, Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci, about whether or not I should take my mask off...although we're more than 10 feet away, I think it's important that I not. It's critically important...you know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives—a significant numbers of lives."
He continued by praising his own mask mandate and mentioning his push for US governors, mayors and local officials to adapt the same models in their states: "We need everyone to do their part for themselves, their loved ones, and yes, for their country. Mask up, America. Mask up."
A key component of Biden's plan to put an end to the pandemic was to tell Americans to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.