Sunday shows preview: Officials, experts respond to omicron; Biden administration raises

This week’s Sunday show circuit is expected to be dominated by officials’ and experts’ responses to the continued spread of the omicron variant and the Biden administration’s warnings to Russia and China amid heightened tensions surrounding both countries.

The U.S. has detected the omicron variant in more than twenty states, with scientists still determining how severe the new strain is and how well coronavirus vaccines will combat it.

Infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciGoogle giving ,600 bonuses to employees worldwide: report What SEC football just taught us about COVID-19 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Senate gets busy, except for Build Back Better MORE, who is set to appear on ABC’s “This Week,” has said that the omicron variant appears to be less severe than the delta variant because early cases have so far been reported as relatively mild.

However, he added that “it’s too early to determine the precise severity of the disease.”

Fauci has also encouraged all adults to get booster shots and stated his belief that it is only a matter of time before the additional dose, and not just the initial two-shot regimen, is need for individuals to be considered fully vaccinated.

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb predicted this week that 2022 will be a “transition year” for the pandemic despite concerns surrounding omicron. 

Gottlieb said he believes the coronavirus will “go from a pandemic into a more endemic phase,” although it could happen later in the year than he originally thought due to the omicron variant

Gottlieb is set to appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. 

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNYC adopts measure allowing noncitizens to vote for mayor Letitia James drops New York governor bid Three reasons why de Blasio’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate won’t last long MORE (D) is scheduled to appear on both CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday” this week.

On Monday, de Blasio announced a vaccine mandate for the city’s private-sector employees. He called the mandate, which is set to take effect on Dec. 27, a “preemptive strike” meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid holiday gatherings and increasing detection of the omicron variant, which was first reported in New York on Dec. 2.

Along with confronting new developments in the pandemic, the Biden administration is also dealing with mounting tensions involving China and Russia.

Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenPhotos of the Week: Former Sen. Dole lies in state, Capitol sunset and Instagrinch Overnight Defense & National Security — Democrats spar over military justice reform State, Pentagon begin reviews of Afghanistan withdrawal MORE, who will be on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is meeting with other world leaders in the Group of Seven this weekend, with Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine a top concern as reports say Moscow is amassing troops at the border between the two countries.

Earlier this week, President BidenJoe BidenPhotos of the Week: Former Sen. Dole lies in state, Capitol sunset and Instagrinch Overnight Health Care — Presented by AstraZeneca and Friends of Cancer Research — Court leaves Texas abortion ban, allows suits Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Biden orders end to overseas coal finance MORE reassured the president of Ukraine of the U.S.’s support for his country’s sovereignty on a call between the two leaders. 

William Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will be on ABC’s “This Week,” and Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for European and Russian affairs, is set to appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

During President Biden’s “Summit for Democracy,” the Biden administration on Friday announced new sanctions targeting individuals and entities described as carrying out human rights abuses and repression in countries including both Russia and China.

The White House has also recently announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, citing China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinxiang and other human rights abuses.”

Tensions between China and Taiwan have also recently continued to grow as China increases military pressure on the island, which claims its own sovereignty but which China sees as its territory. Blinken last week warned that a move by China to take Taiwan by force would have “terrible consequences.”

Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoTo advance democracy, defend Taiwan and Ukraine Haley has ‘positive’ meeting with Trump No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump MORE will also make a Sunday show appearance this week, on FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Future.”

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

ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; William Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Ky.); Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallGOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian ‘martyr payments’ Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away Former Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 MORE (R-Kansas)

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Govs. Chris SununuChris SununuJuan Williams: GOP infighting is a gift for Democrats Biden plan for free at-home tests faces hurdles Chris Pappas launches reelection bid in New Hampshire MORE (R-N.H.)., Phil MurphyPhil MurphySununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire House Democrats planning 1,000 events to tout accomplishments Ciattarelli formally concedes in New Jersey to Phil Murphy MORE (D-N.J.); Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for European and Russian affairs; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner; Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa; Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser of Allianz.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D); Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal Boebert and Omar fight leaves GOP scrambling GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks MORE (R-Ark.); Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharYour must-read holiday book list from members of Congress Hillicon Valley — Senators unveil social media data-sharing bill  Senators unveil bipartisan bill requiring social media giants to open data to researchers MORE (D-Minn.)

“Fox News Sunday” — de Blasio; Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham hopes to sway Manchin against Biden plan with new CBO report The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Senate debt limit drama ends; Trump legal troubles rise On The Money — Senate risks Trump’s ire with debt ceiling deal MORE (R-S.C.)

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Senate debt limit drama ends; Trump legal troubles rise Democrats don’t think Manchin wants Biden agenda vote by Christmas On The Money — Senate risks Trump’s ire with debt ceiling deal MORE (R-Wyo.), Republican Conference Chairman; Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Secretary of State; Herschel Walker, Georgia Senate Candidate; Stephen MillerStephen MillerFormer Trump officials’ coming contempt highlights need for Protecting Our Democracy Act Christie says Trump, Meadows should have warned him of positive COVID-19 test The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules MORE, Founder, America First Legal (Exclusive)  

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