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Sunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine

Sunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine
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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for emergency use and the planned distribution of doses across the country are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows. 

On Friday, the FDA authorized the coronavirus vaccine that clinical trials have shown to be 95 percent effective at preventing the infection with no severe side effects. 

The announcement comes as the country reels from a new surge of COVID-19 infections, with deaths now exceeding 3,000 people each day.

FDA Commissioner Stephen HahnStephen HahnTrump discussed sending infected Americans to Guantanamo Bay: book Stephen Hahn joining venture capital firm behind Moderna Redfield says Azar pressured him to revise COVID-19 data reports MORE is expected to appear on both ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

The news from the federal agency comes as Hahn denied concerns that political pressure from the White House led to the authorization decision Friday. Multiple media reports surfaced this week claiming that White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsGOP governors embrace culture wars with White House in mind Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Head of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report MORE threatened Hahn's job security if the agency did not approve the candidate.

Operation Warp Speed head Gen. Gustave Perna said Saturday that initial doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine will be delivered to states starting Monday morning. 

Later Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for people ages 16 and older. 

The final step to allow the administration of vaccines is an acceptance of the committee recommendation by CDC Director Dr. Robert RedfieldRobert RedfieldRedfield says he thinks virus 'evolved' in lab to transmit better Ex-CDC director Redfield says he received death threats from fellow scientists over COVID-19 theory Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case MORE, which is expected to take place within hours. 

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is set to appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, and NBC’s “Meet the Press” is expected to host the director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins. 

Moncef Slaoui, the scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, said this week that the U.S. will be able to distribute 2.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine upon approval. Slaoui will be on “Fox News Sunday.” 

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows: 

ABC’s “This Week” — Hahn; Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.); Walgreens Senior Vice President Rick GatesRick GatesTreasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Trump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts MORE.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Collins; Sens. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsLobbying world Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Progressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein MORE (D-Del.) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Tenn).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Azar; Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBiden emphasizes investment in police, communities to combat crime Trey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden faces pressure amid infrastructure negotiations MORE (D-La.); Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Hahn; voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyWhite House digs in as infrastructure talks stall Portman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (R-La.); former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOn The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale MORE.

“Fox News Sunday” — Slaoui; Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' MORE (D-W.Va.); Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals MORE (R-La.). 

Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Overnight Defense: Senate panel delays Iraq war powers repeal | Study IDs Fort Hood as least-safe base for female soldiers | Pentagon loosens some COVID-19 restrictions MORE (R-Wis.), Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R); Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTech antitrust bills create strange bedfellows in House markup White House uses Trump's words praising China to slam McCarthy's Biden criticism Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall MORE (R-Ohio), Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee; Gen. Michael Flynn, Former National Security Adviser; Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (R-Ga.), Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Budget Committee. 

"America This Week with Eric Bolling" — Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPoll: 58 percent say Fauci should not resign Fauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (R-Ky.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.); Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); Angela Masden, owner of “Pineapple Hut”; Richard GrenellRichard GrenellGrenell still interested in California recall bid Cleveland businessman jumps into Ohio Senate race: Trump 'victories' need to be protected Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE- former Acting Director of National Intelligence; Austan Goolsbee, former Obama Economic Adviser; Rob Smith, Turning Point USA.