Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant

Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant
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The Biden administration’s efforts to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations in the face of the highly contagious delta variant are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows, especially as Republicans and business groups push back on new vaccine mandates. 

An advisory panel from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday unanimously voted to recommend a third booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people ages 65 and older and others at higher risk for COVID-19.

However, the panel voted overwhelmingly against recommending the booster shot for everyone over the age of 16, noting that there was not a substantial enough benefit shown among younger populations.

The decision was a blow to the Biden administration, as the president had previously announced a goal to administer booster doses to all Americans ages 16 and older beginning Sept. 20. 

The unexpected roadblock for President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE comes as he is also facing opposition from Republican-led states and business groups over his announcement that all employers across the country with 100 or more workers must require their employees to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. 

Biden has also announced vaccine requirements for federal workers, as well as employees in healthcare settings. 

Job Creators Network, a small business advocacy group, announced Thursday that it planned to file a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its vaccine mandate for businesses, and a group of 24 Republican state attorneys general the same day sent a letter to the president threatening to take legal action. 

However, some major U.S. companies had already implemented vaccine mandates for their workers prior to Biden's announcement, including United Airlines, whose CEO Scott Kirby told CNN this week that employees who receive medical or religious exemptions from the company’s vaccine requirement would not be allowed to interact directly with customers. 

Kirby, who is scheduled to appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, also said this week that the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses was the “most efficient way” to encourage vaccinations. 

Meanwhile, questions have been raised on whether vaccine mandates should be introduced for air travel and other public transportation. 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says it's recommended to get same vaccine for COVID-19 boosters The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the White House’s chief medical adviser, said in podcast interview released Thursday that he would support vaccine requirements for air travel. 

Fauci, who is scheduled to make a round of appearances on three of this week’s Sunday talk shows, had also previously said that he believed schools requiring vaccines among children old enough to receive them was “a good idea,” noting that the policy has been in place for other vaccinations and immunizations for “decades and decades.”

Below are the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows.

ABC’s “This Week” Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says it's recommended to get same vaccine for COVID-19 boosters The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Fauci; 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.).

CBS’s “Face the Nation" — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (I-Vt.); United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci; Gov. Tate Reeves (R-Miss.); Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

“Fox News Sunday” — Collins; Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthDemocrats at odds with Manchin over child tax credit provision The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden, Democrats dig into legislative specifics Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE (D-Ky.).

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” Mike PompeoMike PompeoThe CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll Why is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? MORE, former Secretary of State; Eric TrumpEric TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Eric Trump to speak at conference led by prominent anti-vaxxers MORE; Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE (R-Texas); Rep. Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithGOP lawmaker calls for Meghan, Harry to lose royal titles over paid leave push Missouri Republican mulling Senate race launches statewide ad slamming Dem spending bill House panel advances .5T spending bill MORE (R-Mo.).