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 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 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 FauciMore than 40 Texas hospitals face ICU bed shortages FDA mulling to allow 'mix and match' COVID-19 vaccine booster shots: report The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Remembrances flow in after Powell's death 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 FauciMore than 40 Texas hospitals face ICU bed shortages FDA mulling to allow 'mix and match' COVID-19 vaccine booster shots: report The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Remembrances flow in after Powell's death 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 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.); 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 PompeoWhy is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? Keeping the world's focus on cyber State Department watchdog probing whether Trump aides took gifts meant for foreign officials 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 SmithMissouri Republican mulling Senate race launches statewide ad slamming Dem spending bill House panel advances .5T spending bill Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant MORE (R-Mo.).