On Thursday’s “PBS NewsHour” broadcast, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha commented on the cancellation of the CDC’s transport mask warrant in court stating that “decisions such as how we protect the health of the American people should be decided by public health scientists and our public health agencies like the CDC and not by a federal judge.
Jha said, “I think there are a few points here that are worth mentioning: First, decisions like how we protect the health of the American people should be decided by public health scientists and our public health agencies like the CDC and not by a federal judge. In terms of legal strategy and legal issues, the Department of Justice, their attorneys felt very clearly that the CDC had acted within its authority, and that’s why they appealed. And the administration and the country’s legal experts are confident that the CDC acted legally and that ultimately the CDC will win this case.
He added, “[I]It is absolutely essential that the CDC have this capability, whether for the aftermath of this pandemic or for future health crises. It is essential that the CDC has the ability to put in place rules that will protect the traveling public. They have had this rule for – this authority for decades, and it is essential that we continue it. This is one of the reasons the Department of Justice filed this appeal, to preserve this authority for the CDC.
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