National public health figure Dr. Anthony Fauci will headline a webinar hosted by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce in Buda with the purpose of addressing the disproportionate spread of COVID-19 among Hispanics and other minorities, according to a press release from TAMACC.

Dr. Fauci serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and has been an adviser to every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan.

The release points out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows Hispanics experience rates of COVID-19 at a rate almost three times higher than white Americans, and hospitalization rates are almost five times higher.

As of Sept. 21 in Hays County, data shows Hispanics account for the highest percentage of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began at 43.54%, or 2,516 cases out of 5,778.

"With almost 12 million Latinos living in Texas, the state has been severely affected by this deadly virus," the release states.

Moderating the event, which will take place Sept. 24 from noon-1:30 p.m., is J.R. Gonzales, Buda Chamber of Commerce executive vice chair.

The release states the group invited Fauci to speak directly and unfiltered to Hispanic leaders, influencers and elected officials about the impact COVID-19 is having on minorities.

“This is not a political issue; it is a health issue,” TAMACC President and CEO Pauline E. Anton said in the release. “This is not a state issue; it is an American issue. We want to arm our communities with information, science, and a clear direction on how to better protect themselves and to make all communities a safer place.”

Anton said those interested in attending the free event or wanting more information should contact [email protected] or visit The webinar is first-come, first-served for attendees, and a roundtable discussion with key Hispanic and other state leaders will take place following Fauci’s address, the release states.