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 BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day 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 DeeseButtigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Battle lines drawn on Biden's infrastructure plan 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 SandersBiden's policies are playing into Trump's hands Hillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions 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 WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House 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 ManchinBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing Buttigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' MORE, (D-W.Va.); Govs. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' 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 KinzingerGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Boehner finally calls it as he sees it The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, R-Ill.; Osterholm

CBS’sFace the Nation" — Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBiden to announce executive action on ghost guns, red flag laws Biden expected to announce executive action on guns Biden adviser clashes with Peacock host: 'Clearly you have health insurance' MORE, a Biden adviser; Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Conn.; Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezNew York's wealthy could face 51.8 percent tax rate: report Bipartisan Biden to America's rescue Miami Mayor proposes resolution offering to pay employees in bitcoin 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 PortmanGOP Ohio Senate candidate asked to leave RNC retreat To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, R-Ohio; Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyMore GOP-led states risk corporate backlash like Georgia's Sen. Mark Kelly helps administer vaccines in Arizona Here's who's eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in each state MORE, R-Ariz.

Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyCalls grow for national paid family leave amid pandemic Senators urge Energy chief to prioritize cybersecurity amid growing threats Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general MORE, R-La.; Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Jared BernsteinJared BernsteinCongress mulls tightening eligibility for stimulus checks The Memo: Bad jobs report boosts Biden stimulus case More than 200 Obama officials sign letter supporting Biden's stimulus plan MORE, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Fox News Channel’sSunday Morning Futures” — Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC What good are the intelligence committees? CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-CA), Ranking Member, House Intel Committee; Kash Patel, Former NSC Staffer; Stephen MillerStephen MillerDemocrat: Ex-Trump aide Miller should be jailed for human rights violations Trump endorses Mo Brooks for Senate in Alabama Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits MORE, Former White House Senior Adviser; Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinBiden funding decision inflames debate over textbooks for Palestinian refugees Rep. Lee Zeldin announces bid for New York governor Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions MORE (R-N.Y.), House Foreign Affairs Committee; Gordon Chang, Author “The Great U.S.-China Tech War”; Jonathan Ward, Atlas Organization Founder

"America This Week With Eric Bolling” — Brett Favre- Hall Of Fame QB; Sarah Norman- Harris 2020; Ken Cuccinelli- Former Deputy Secretary; Dan Lippman- Politico