Hotez: A tale of two COVID nations

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Houston Chronicle Health Care Reporter Gwendolyn Wu fills in for the vacationing Lisa Gray this week. She talks with podcast regular Dr. Peter Hotez, a professor and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

As temperatures rise across the country, infectious diseases, experts say it's a tale to COVID nations as we head into the summer. On one hand, we have some states with high vaccination rates and where people are still practicing mask wearing even after they've gotten the shot. On the other hand, we have stagnating vaccination rates in the south, especially among adolescents and anti-vaccine movements, bring in the Delta COVID variant and it might be a lot of trouble across the South in the months ahead.

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