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 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 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 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, 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 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, 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 CassidyGOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will ‘swat it away’ when ‘it comes to them in an appropriate manner’ GOP hopes spending traps derail Biden agenda Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect MORE (R-La.).

CBS’s “Face the Nation” — Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was ‘short-lived’ Sanders ‘disappointed’ in House panel’s vote on drug prices 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 YarmuthOn The Money — Manchin slams brakes on Biden spending push House Budget chief praises Powell as Biden mulls replacement Democrats brace for new spending fights over Biden agenda MORE (D-Ky.).

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Mike PompeoMike PompeoChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor’s race MORE, former Secretary of State; Eric TrumpEric TrumpHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe Trump to Pence on Jan. 6: ‘You don’t have the courage’ Florida city bans gambling amid prospects of Trump-owned casino MORE; Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMore than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by National Industries for the Blind – Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (R-Texas); Rep. Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithTrump unhappy with Guilfoyle backing Greitens: report Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri GAO rules Biden freeze on border wall funds legal MORE (R-Mo.).

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