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 BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks 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 RichmondCarter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority Biden set to flex clemency powers Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” transition adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersSymone Sanders 'hurt' at being passed over for press secretary: report Harris to speak with Mexican president about tree-planting initiative, poverty, migration Harris puts DC condo up for sale 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 TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez 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 CramerAll congressional Democrats say they have been vaccinated: CNN Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Biden administration faces big decision on whether to wade into Dakota Access fight MORE (R-N.D.); Slaoui

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci: COVID-19 vaccine could lead to 'breakthrough' in HIV fight GOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' Trump bemoans lack of vaccine credit amid mask news 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 BoltonRepublicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll Hillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions 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 McCarthySunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans McCarthy dings Biden after meeting: Doesn't have 'energy of Donald Trump' Cheney: McCarthy should 'absolutely' testify before Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Calif.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs MORE (R-Calif.); Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.); Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzDershowitz: Maxine Waters used KKK tactics to intimidate Chauvin jury Dershowitz advising MyPillow CEO's lawyers in Dominion case Kushner planning book about time in Trump White House: report MORE, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus 

“America This Week With Eric Bolling” — Sen Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnHillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan The Memo: Trump's critics face wrath of GOP base MORE (R-Tenn.); Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro; former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonMcCarthy claims no one 'questioning the legitimacy' of the 2020 election The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Veteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges MORE; Jim Carroll, Director of The Office Of National Drug Policy; Sharyl Attkisson, writer