Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Kimberly Redmond | |

The White House is launching a $500,000 competition to find new and effective face masks that eliminate some of the biggest annoyances that come with daily wear, such as irritated skin and fogged eyeglasses.

Through April 21, Americans can submit their ideas on how to get rid of common concerns that come with wearing masks while making sure the coverings effectively protect against COVID-19 to the “Mask Innovation Challenge.”

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Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of health. She is the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation.

The final vote was 52-48. Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine joined all Democrats in supporting Levine.