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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 HahnThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden's first official trip as president The Hill's Morning Report - With trial over, Biden renews push for COVID-19 bill How scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics 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 MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward 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 RedfieldFauci defends Birx: 'She had to live in the White House' US considering mandatory COVID-19 tests for domestic flyers, CDC official says CDC gets a second opinion: Seven steps to heal our COVID-19 response 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 GatesTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Sunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine MORE.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Collins; Sens. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsTrumpists' assaults on Republicans who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid will help Democrats Pelosi's '9/11-type' commission to investigate Capitol riot could prove dangerous for Democrats Key players to watch in minimum wage fight MORE (D-Del.) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Tenn).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Azar; Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBottom line Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance Congressional Black Caucus to push aggressive agenda 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 CassidyOvernight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe, effective in FDA analysis | 3-4 million doses coming next week | White House to send out 25 million masks Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Biden health nominee faces first Senate test MORE (R-La.); former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreAl Jazeera launching conservative media platform Exclusive 'Lucky' excerpt: Vow of Black woman on Supreme Court was Biden turning point Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing MORE.

“Fox News Sunday” — Slaoui; Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Biden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision House Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote MORE (D-W.Va.); Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble Feehery: How Republicans can win by focusing on schools MORE (R-La.). 

Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonCruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Pelosi: Dems want commission focused on Capitol mob attack Pelosi jokes about Sen. 'Don' Johnson MORE (R-Wis.), Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R); Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Trump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House MORE (R-Ohio), Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee; Gen. Michael Flynn, Former National Security Adviser; Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.), Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Budget Committee. 

"America This Week with Eric Bolling" — Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.); Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); Angela Masden, owner of “Pineapple Hut”; Richard GrenellRichard GrenellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB Former Trump officials eye bids for political office Grenell congratulates Buttigieg on becoming second openly gay Cabinet member MORE- former Acting Director of National Intelligence; Austan Goolsbee, former Obama Economic Adviser; Rob Smith, Turning Point USA.