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Special Edition: Kinder Institute Director Bill Fulton and Dr. Peter Hotez (June 24, 2020)

Experts in urban research and infectious diseases discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Houston’s economy and the sharp increase of cases in the city.


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Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns about important issues affecting the community.

In the first half of this episode, host Ernie Manouse is joined by Bill Fulton, Director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. They discuss research on the impact of the pandemic on city revenue and services, as well as a new housing report, a community impact survey and a COVID-19 registry survey.

The second half features Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine – Baylor College of Medicine and Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics – Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Hotez addresses the surge of cases in Houston, ICU capacity, vaccine development and more, and answers listeners' questions.

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