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Roundtable Dialogue: The Current State of COVID-19 and Vaccine Distribution

At this member-exclusive event, Dr. Peter Hotez, Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, addressed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for human health. As a renowned expert on infectious diseases and vaccines, Hotez spoke on the current state of the pandemic and the spread of the virus at the local, national and global level. He also discussed the process of vaccine development and rollout, examining the important role of vaccines and other public health measures in combatting this crisis.

Roundtable Dialogues are informal, member-exclusive discussions with Baker Institute experts on current events, politics and policy. These thought-provoking conversations provide insights into issues that affect Houston, the state and the nation.

If you are interested in attending future dialogues, please contact Morgan Garvey at or 713.348.8087 for information on becoming a Roundtable member or renewing your membership.


10:00 a.m. — Presentation
10:30 a.m. — Q&A


This webinar was free and open to members of the Baker Institute Roundtable with the link included in their email invitation. For registration assistance or more information about Roundtable membership, please contact Morgan Garvey at at or 713.348.8087.

Featured Speaker

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., is the Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty. He is dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also chief of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Hotez is an internationally recognized physician-scientist with expertise in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease. He is the author of more than 400 original papers and the acclaimed book “Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases” (ASM Press). Hotez previously served as president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and as founding editor-in-chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical DiseasesHe is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the World Health Organization. In 2015, the White House and U.S. State Department selected Hotez as a United States science envoy. He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (Phi Beta Kappa), followed by a Ph.D. in biochemical parasitology from Rockefeller University in 1986 and an M.D. from Weil Cornell Medical College in 1987.  



Wed, Jan. 27, 2021
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar