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Dr. Fauci Says He ‘Clearly Disagrees’ With Florida Judge Who Overturned Travel Mask Mandate

Dr. Fauci Says He ‘Clearly Disagrees’ With Florida Judge Who Overturned Travel Mask Mandate

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says that the courts should not be involved in COVID decisions and believes the CDC should be the supreme ruler of policy.

Most Americans seem to agree with Dr. Fauci, according to a new poll released Wednesday that showed the majority still concerned about the spread of COVID while traveling and preferred the mandates be reinstated.

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The Justice Department plans to appeal the ruling by Florida Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle as long as the CDC rules the masks are still needed for airplanes and other public mass transit such as trains and buses.

Dr. Fauci voiced his concerns about the precedent set by Judge Mizelle. “The CDC has the capability, through a large number of trained epidemiologists and scientists, to be able to make projections and make recommendations. Far more than a judge with no experience in public health,” Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, told CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa on CBS News.

More than 9 in 10 new infections in the current wave are from the BA.2 subvariant, the CDC estimated this week. Hospitalizations are also accelerating around the country, though far short of the record surge seen during the winter wave. Citing data from abroad and the Northeast, which has seen the most BA.2 cases so far, Dr. Fauci said the variant did not “appear to be associated with an increase in hospitalizations and severe disease.”

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Dr Fauci said he had urged President Joe Biden to follow the CDC’s recommendations, and for now, the agency has continued to urge all travelers to wear masks. Fauci said he personally planned to don a highly-protective N95 mask when flying.


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