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Fauci wants courts to defer to public health experts for 'public health decisions'

Defending his stance that appealing the federal mask mandate should have been a CDC decision, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. anthony-fauci” target=”_blank”>Anthony Fauci<” Saturday.

“The point that I was making [was] that this is a public health decision, and I think it’s a bad precedent when decisions about public health issues are made by people, be they judges or what have you, that don’t have experience or expertise in public health,” Fauci told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.

Fauci clarified comments made on Thursday about a U.S. district court judge striking down the travel mask mandate, noting while he respects judicial decisions, “this is a public health issue.”

“I wasn’t at all defying the authority of a judge because when the judge makes a decision, you abide by that decision,” Fauci said. “I was concerned about the principle of having nonpublic health people making public health decisions.”

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director maintained mask mandates should be a CDC decision.

“The CDC has a very large number of experienced scientists and epidemiologists that make those judgments based on the dynamics of the outbreak on the ground and other considerations that they make,” Fauci said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he believes it sets a "bad precedent" for non-public health officials to make public health decisions on "Cavuto: Live" Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he believes it sets a "bad precedent" for non-public health officials to make public health decisions on "Cavuto: Live" Saturday, April 23, 2022.

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“We’re starting to see a blip up in cases,” Fauci pointed out. “And what the CDC is trying to determine, is that going to be reflected in an increase in hospitalizations? Which is the new metric that they’re using about making their determinations about requirements for masks in indoor settings, as well as in places like transportation.”

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Responding to whether he’d advise a potential new donald-trump” target=”_blank”>Trump< with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and other Republicans on the congressional stage.

“I run an institute that has a major role in the development of countermeasures and doing the science against these types of emerging infections,” Fauci said. “That has never been dependent on who was in office in the presidency or who controlled the Congress.”

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