73rd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Honored Guest and the 2021 Parade Grand Marshal Dr. Peter Hotez
Dr. Peter Hotez Peter Hotez MD PhD DSc (hon) FAAP FASTMH is professor of pediatrics and molecular virology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics. He is a vaccine scientist who leads the development of vaccines and other interventions to prevent and treat neglected tropical diseases and coronavirus infections, while also combating rising anti-science activism in America. Together with Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi and a team of scientists, a new Texas Children’s CVD COVID19 vaccine has been scaled for industrial production at Biological E (BioE) in Hyderabad, India that has been administered to more than 75 million children in India, and a second vaccine produced by bioforma in Indonesia that just received emergency use authorization. Prof. Hotez obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his MD and PhD from Weil Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University. He is the author of more than 600 scientific articles indexed on PubMed, and 4 single author books. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he has been honored by PAHO/WHO, Research America, B’nai Brith, the antidefamation League (ADL) the American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians (ACP) and other organizations. He is past president of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) and appears frequently on major news outlets (CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR) promoting global health, and vaccines and immunizations, countering antivaccine and Anti-science movements.