Multiple Biden administration officials as well as state and local leaders are set to appear on the Sunday talk shows this weekend as the nation grapples with a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.
The U.S. is averaging 100,000 new infections per day, just weeks after dropping to an average of 11,000 cases per day in late June. Officials say the highly transmissible delta variant is driving the recent spike.
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFDA advisory panel scheduled to discuss Merck COVID-19 antiviral pill Feehery: Build back bipartisan Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment MORE, who will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press” on Sunday, said earlier this week that the U.S. could see up to 200,000 daily cases this fall because of how many people are still unvaccinated.
Several areas have seen major increases in cases, including Florida, which reported more new COVID-19 cases on Friday than any other day since the start of the pandemic.
Still, vaccinations have also increased, with the White House saying Friday that half of the U.S. population is now fully vaccinated. The seven-day average of newly vaccinated people rose 44 percent in two weeks. As of Saturday afternoon, 166.2 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
The increase in new infections has sparked debate over masks mandates, particularly as schools return for in-person learning this fall.
Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSarah Huckabee Sanders raises over million for Arkansas gubernatorial run Arkansas governor allows COVID-19 vaccine mandate opt-out bill to become law Arkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats MORE (R) is set to appear on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, days after a judge in his state shot down Arkansas's mask prohibition for schools. Hutchinson signed the bill into law earlier this year, but has since expressed regret over it, citing the rise in new cases.
The administration called out governors who imposed such prohibitions this week, with President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisChicago sues police union over refusal to comply with vaccine mandate Crist says as Florida governor he would legalize marijuana, expunge criminal records Big businesses are siding against Texas in mandate fight MORE (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to “get out of the way of people who are trying to do the right thing.”
Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Florida Board of Education approves sanctions on eight school districts over coronavirus mandates Watch live: Education, HHS secretaries testify on school reopenings MORE, who will also appear on “Face the Nation,” criticized the governor's actions in a news conference Thursday, urging leaders to not “be the reason why schools are interrupted.”
Other issues expected to headline the talk shows this weekend are the Biden administration's decision to issue a new eviction moratorium, despite the president acknowledging it may not meet legal muster, as well as Senate efforts to advance a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Here's the full Sunday show lineup:
ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; Janis Shinwari, co-founder of No One Left Behind; Michael Mann, professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University; Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFDA advisory panel scheduled to discuss Merck COVID-19 antiviral pill Feehery: Build back bipartisan Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Education Secretary Miguel Cardona; Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.); Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County, Fla., Public Schools; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyHillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll Biden signs bill to strengthen K-12 school cybersecurity Senators gear up for bipartisan grilling of Facebook execs MORE (R-La.) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinFill the Eastern District of Virginia Senators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Democrats struggle to gain steam on Biden spending plan MORE (D-Ill.); Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.); White House adviser Anita Dunn.
Fox News Sunday— Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.); Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters Tucker Carlson mocks Buttigieg over paternity leave MORE.
Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures — Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikLawmakers laud diversity gains in Congress Majority of Americans express dissatisfaction with democracy, and gerrymanderers race to the bottom Wyoming county GOP rejects effort to rescind Cheney's party status MORE (R-N.Y.); Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerLobbying world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit GOP tries to take filibuster pressure off Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-N.D.); Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase CEO and chairman; John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeSunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony Biden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan Sunday shows preview: US grapples with rising COVID-19 cases MORE, former DNI; Candace Owens, Author of “Blackout.”