In Dr. Anthony Fauci’s view, a court should not have the authority to strike down a pandemic mandate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Daily Wire reports.
Fauci, here, is referring to the recent Florida-based federal court decision that put an end to the CDC’s COVID mask mandate for users of public transportation.
Those who challenged the mandate argued that the CDC lacked the authority to promulgate it, and U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, agreed.
Fauci, the White House’s chief medical examiner and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), weighed in on the court decision during an interview Thursday on CNN+’s The Source with Kasie Hunt.
Not “a court issue”
During the interview, Fauci made the argument that, in his view, the court lacked the authority to strike the CDC’s mandate down.
[T]hose types of things really are the purview of the CDC. This is a public health issue, and for a court to come in — and if you look at the rationale for that, it really was not particularly firm — and we are concerned about that, about courts getting involved in things that are unequivocally public health decisions. I mean, this is a CDC issue. It should not have been a court issue.
Fauci went on to argue that, given the recent rise in COVID cases, the court should not have interfered with the CDC’s decision to put an end to the mask mandate on May 3.
“So, for a court to come in and interfere in that is really unfortunate,” Fauci said. “It’s unfortunate because it’s against public health principles, number one. And number two, it’s because that’s no place for the courts to do that.”
“This is a CDC decision, and that’s very bad precedent when you have courts making a decision, and looking at what the basis of the decision was, it was not sound,” he added.”
What did you expect?
This sort of reasoning, by now, is not unexpected from Fauci, especially given his actions during the course of the COVID pandemic. Social media users, nonetheless, blasted Fauci for the remark.
Commentator Mary Katherine Ham, asked, “Is there a time, any time, regarding any power, that it IS appropriate for the checks and balances system we have to check the CDC’s ‘sound public-health decisions’?”
Others called for Fauci’s resignation, saying it’s long past due.