Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight

Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s White House transition and an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases across the country are expected to dominate the Sunday talk show circuit this weekend.

Biden’s victory in the presidential race, in which he’s projected to win 306 Electoral College votes, has not been certified by the General Services Administration (GSA), a legal requirement that would allow transition officials to receive classified information and work with administration staffers.

Virtually every Democrat and a small but growing number of Republicans have said the GSA should “ascertain” Biden as the president-elect, saying doing so could give him information to be better prepared to tackle national security threats and the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine once he enters the White House.

Several transition officials will hit the Sunday shows, including incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain on ABC’s “This Week,” incoming adviser Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Pelosi to seat Iowa Republican as Democratic challenger contests election results Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” transition adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersExclusive 'Lucky' excerpt: Vow of Black woman on Supreme Court was Biden turning point Record number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet Kayleigh McEnany leaves letters for incoming Biden press officials MORE on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and transition adviser Jen Psaki on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The shows are also anticipated to tackle the latest surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. hit 12 million Saturday, and the weekly average of new cases has exceeded 100,000 for the past two weeks, with daily case counts routinely approaching 200,000. 

The virus has spread more quickly in recent days than in past weeks, with the country taking more than two weeks to go from 8 million to 9 million cases, 10 days to go from 9 million to 10 million cases and six days to go from 10 million to 11 million cases. 

However, Congress has still floundered in agreeing on the topline spending figures for another coronavirus stimulus package, and President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE in recent days has publicly put more focus on his fight to overturn the election results than on efforts to combat the virus.

Among the few promising signs were studies released this week showing that two vaccine candidates, from Pfizer and Moderna, are more than 90 percent effective.

Here is the full list of guests on the Sunday shows this week:

ABC’s “This Week” — Klain; Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the government’s coronavirus vaccine effort

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Richmond; Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerGroup of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment MORE (R-N.D.); Slaoui

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci was concerned people would do 'dangerous and foolish' things after Trump suggested injecting disinfectant GOP lawmaker wants to ban feds from funding collection of COVID-19 vaccine info Overnight Health Care: Biden says anyone who wants vaccine may be able to get it by spring | Moderna says vaccine effective on variants, but tests booster shot | California lifts regional stay-at-home order MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; H.R. McMaster, former national security adviser; CVS CEO Larry Merlo; Sanders

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Slaoui; Psaki; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R); John BoltonJohn BoltonPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications MORE, former national security adviser to Trump

“Fox News Sunday” — Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Kate Bedingfield, Biden deputy campaign manager

“Sunday Morning Futures” — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney spokesperson on Gaetz: 'In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up' Biden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop House GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote MORE (R-Calif.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesUndoing Trump will take more than executive orders GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Pelosi raises alarm after Trump loyalist installed as top NSA lawyer MORE (R-Calif.); Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE (R-Ga.); Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzDershowitz: Senate should dismiss impeachment article since Trump is private citizen Giuliani won't be part of Trump defense at Senate trial Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US MORE, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus 

“America This Week With Eric Bolling” — Sen Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Colbert asks Republicans 'have you had enough?' in live show after Capitol violence MORE (R-Tenn.); Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro; former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonTrump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for 'cronies' China sanctions Pompeo and more than two dozen US figures MORE; Jim Carroll, Director of The Office Of National Drug Policy; Sharyl Attkisson, writer