With a new year, we find ourselves embarking on new variations of old tales. Last time we talked to Dr. Peter Hotez - dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital - he remained concerned about the delta variant of COVID-19 while the omicron variant began to make news.
Weeks later, the omicron shows signs of declining, but the death toll remains high, as does corona fatigue. A recent discussion point suggested that the rapid spread of omicron could accelerate the pace of COVID-19 from pandemic to endemic. Hotez is not entirely convinced that we are there yet. We asked him for an update along with a handful of reader questions.