Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock

Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock
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The Biden administration’s effort to ramp up coronavirus vaccinations amid the threat of new variants in the U.S. and investors on Reddit driving up GameStop’s stock value are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows.

South Carolina on Thursday became the first state to report cases of COVID-19 of the B.1.351 variant, which was first discovered in South Africa. Maryland on Saturday announced that it detected its first case of the variant in Baltimore.

In addition, 30 states have reported cases of coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, which was originally discovered in the U.K., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The strains are spreading as President BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE aims to administer 100 million vaccinations within the first 100 days of his presidency.

The administration said Tuesday that it is increasing the weekly supply of doses sent to states by roughly 16 percent, and will be purchasing an additional 100 million doses of both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, bringing total amount to 600 million doses.

Several public health experts are expected to take to the air waves this weekend including, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, who will make an appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press" and Tom Inglesby a director at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Inglesby will make an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." 

Meanwhile, White House National Economic Council Director Brian DeeseBrian DeeseWhite House weighing steps to address gas shortages Environmental activists' email blast disrupted White House communications over two days: report Sinema in Arizona as Democrats try to get spending-infrastructure deal MORE, who will appear on “Meet the Press” and “State of the Union,” has held meetings with Democratic lawmakers this week in a push to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting MORE (I-Vt.) who will appear on ABC’s “This Week,” has indicated that he’s ready to move the proposal forward via budget reconciliation, which would allow the measure to pass with a simple majority.

Meanwhile, Wall Street was shaken this week by amateur stock traders on Reddit who drove up stock values of several companies, including GameStop, after discovering that hedge funds shorted the stock.

Online trading platforms including Robinhood either prevented or limited trading on its platforms as a result of the rally. The Securities and Exchange Commission said it is investigating why the platforms blocked users from purchasing the stock and if illegal market manipulation led to the surge.

The recent Wall Street shake up has sparked bipartisan backlash. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats narrow scope of IRS proposal amid GOP attacks Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter FDA proposes rule to offer over-the-counter hearing aids MORE( D-Mass.) who will appear on “State of the Union” said on Wednesday that it was “long past time for the SEC and other financial regulators to wake up and do their jobs.”

“With a new administration and Democrats running Congress, I intend to make sure they do,” Warren said.

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

ABC’sThis Week” — Sens. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting Democrats at odds with Manchin over child tax credit provision MORE, (D-W.Va.); Govs. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates MORE, R-Ark., and Jim Justice, (R-W.Va.); Richard Besser, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Brian Deese, economic adviser to President Joe Biden; Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger defends not supporting voting rights act: 'Democrats have to quit playing politics' Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Illinois Democrats propose new 'maximized' congressional map MORE, R-Ill.; Osterholm

CBS’sFace the Nation" — Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBiden to meet with business leaders amid debt ceiling pressure campaign on GOP Bottom line The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats to scale back agenda MORE, a Biden adviser; Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Conn.; Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin Miami mayoral candidate arrested, accused of impersonating police officer MORE of Miami; Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson.

CNN’sState of the Union” — Deese; Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call Biden shows little progress with Abraham Accords on first anniversary The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE, R-Ohio; Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyArizona launches M program to help families pay utility bills GOP governors traveling to border to unveil new security initiative Treasury says Arizona can't use federal COVID-19 aid for anti-mask education grants MORE, R-Ariz.

Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyTrump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll MORE, R-La.; Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Jared BernsteinJared Bernstein'Only the Rich Can Play' documents how Republican program to help the poor didn't More than 7 million Americans to lose jobless benefits on Labor Day Job openings hit 10.1 million in third straight record-breaking month MORE, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Fox News Channel’sSunday Morning Futures” — Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies LIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans MORE (R-CA), Ranking Member, House Intel Committee; Kash Patel, Former NSC Staffer; Stephen MillerStephen MillerDave Chappelle refuses to be cancelled White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Far-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work MORE, Former White House Senior Adviser; Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse NY Democratic Party chair endorses Hochul bid for governor NY governor seeking to raise million ahead of next year's primary MORE (R-N.Y.), House Foreign Affairs Committee; Gordon Chang, Author “The Great U.S.-China Tech War”; Jonathan Ward, Atlas Organization Founder

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