NPR  |  April 21, 2022

The CDC’s regulatory powers stem from the Public Health Services Act of 1944 – “a very old statute that hasn’t been updated since,” says Larry Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. The law, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, predated the founding of the CDC by two years. It gave the public health branch of the federal government powers to, for instance, enforce quarantine laws.

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