CNN Legal Expert: Biden Administration ‘Almost Certainly’ Can Institute Nationwide Vaccine Mandate

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig said that President Joe Biden’s administration “almost certainly” has the authority to institute a nationwide coronavirus vaccine mandate.

On Tuesday morning’s edition of New Day, co-anchor Brianna Keilar hosted Honig for a segment devoted to the legalities surrounding Covid policies, from both public and private institutions.

On the question of individual states mandating the vaccine, Honig cited the 1905 Jacobson v. Massachusetts case, and said “No state has done this yet, but legally they absolutely can.”

“What about Federal government? Can the federal government issue a nationwide vaccine mandate?” Keilar asked.

“Yeah, so the answer is almost certainly yes,” Honig replied without hesitation.

“Now again, there are politics behind this,” Honig continued. “The CDC
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