Bloomberg Law
June 7, 2022, 2:01 PMUpdated: June 7, 2022, 3:48 PM

Mask Ruling Appeal Gets Backing From Former CDC Directors (1)

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

Six former CDC directors have thrown their support behind an Eleventh Circuit appeal to maintain masking requirements on planes and other mass transit in a court filing that argues weakening the agency’s authority will prove dangerous.

More than 200 public health advocates and officials, including nearly all living former agency heads, signed a friend-of-the-court brief filed Tuesday in support of the Department of Justice’s appeal. The DOJ wants to undo an April lower court decision that lifted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s requirement, which was in effect since early 2021.

“The public health world has spoken with literally ...

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