Sunday shows preview: As delta variant spreads, US leaders raise concerns

A new variant of the coronavirus's spread in the U.S. and vaccine hesitancy in some states is expected to dominate Sunday talk shows this weekend. 

The delta variant of the coronavirus, which was originally found in India, has now been found in about 86 countries, including the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the variant counts for about 25 percent of all current coronavirus infections in the country.

Late last month, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWatch live: White House COVID-19 response team holds briefing Intercept reporters discuss gain-of-function research The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE, said the variant is the “greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19.” However, he he added that the three vaccines currently in use are effective against it. 

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson announced Thursday that preliminary data showed their one-shot vaccination was effective in combatting the coronavirus. 

The company said in a statement that its vaccine demonstrated a “strong, persistent activity against the rapidly spreading Delta variant and other highly prevalent SARS-CoV-2 viral variants.”

Fauci will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday. 

Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill GOP governor: Biden's vaccine mandate 'increases the division' MORE (R), urged his residents to get vaccinated last month as coronavirus cases rise across the state.

“The overwhelming majority of COVID patients in the hospital have not been vaccinated. These vaccines are effective, but we need more Arkansans to get the shot,” he said.

Hutchinson will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” this weekend. 

The White House said Thursday that it is preparing COVID-19 “surge teams” to work with local public health authorities to help combat the rapidly spreading delta variant, including contact tracing and distributing supplies as needed or requested.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsUS to buy hundreds of millions more vaccine doses for the world: report Employers scramble to secure vaccine verification systems Biden steps into legal fight with vaccine mandates MORE said the administration is also increasing advertisements about the benefits of vaccinations in these communities.

Zients will appear on “State of the Union, "ABC’s “This Week,” and CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

In addition, rescue efforts continue in an effort to recover bodies more than a week after the Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, Fla., collapsed. 

President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE visited Surfside, Fla. on Thursday, where he said the federal government would pick up 100 percent of the costs associated with rescue efforts for the county and state. 

The death toll stood at 24 as of Saturday afternoon, with 188 people accounted for and 124 unaccounted for.

Authorities said Saturday that they would move forward with demolishing the rest of the building within 36 hours amid concerns about impending Tropical Storm Elsa.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett will appear on “Face the Nation.”

Below is a full list of guests who will appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows

ABC’s “This Week” — Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients; Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

CBS’s “Face the Nation" — Zients; Mayor Charles Burkett of Surfside, Florida; Govs. Kate BrownKate BrownOregon governor sued by police, firefighters over vaccine mandate Unvaccinated employee sparked COVID-19 outbreak at Oregon assisted living facility: officials At least 90,000 students have had to quarantine because of COVID-19 so far this school year MORE, D-Ore., and Spencer Cox, R-Utah; Rep. Andre CarsonAndré CarsonMan who authorities say brought Molotov cocktails, firearms to Capitol on Jan. 6 to plead guilty Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Dem lawmaker calls for hearings on UFOs MORE, D-Ind.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Zients; Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark.; Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroAmerican workers need us to get this pandemic under control around the world Democrats press Biden to step up fight against domestic hunger A permanent Child Tax Credit expansion will yield dividends to taxpayers MORE, D-Conn.; Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayConservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan Support the budget resolution to ensure a critical investment in child care Senate Democrats try to defuse GOP budget drama MORE, D-Wash.

“Fox News Sunday” — Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict More Republicans call on Biden to designate Taliban as terrorist group How lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation MORE, R-Texas; Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallKansas approves using M in federal funds to increase nurses' pay Photos of the Week: Infrastructure vote, India floods and a bear Kansas Republican asks for investigation into ESPN's role in Texas and Oklahoma moving to SEC MORE (R-KS) – Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General; Dan Hoffman, Former CIA Station Chief, FOX News Contributor; Gordon Chang, Gatestone Institution Senior Fellow