The University of Houston football team beat Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. 

As we usher in the new year, the Bayou City is aiming for bigger and better in 2022. Following the holiday season, Houston kept busy with events and announcements. Former Texans player Andre Johnson was named as a finalist for the Hall of Fame, and as COVID-19 cases surge, Harris County opens a mega-testing site at Minute Maid Park. Elsewhere, top Houston health experts Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi and Dr. Peter Hotez unveiled a new COVID vaccine. 

Here's what Houston was up to last week. 

Andre Johnson was named as a finalist for the Hall of Fame.

 

The former Texans star was named as a finalist for the professional football Hall of Fame, alongside Dallas Cowboys stars DeMarcus Ware and Zach Thomas. 

Houston doctors reveal a new worldwide COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The new drug was developed by top Houston doctors, Maria Elena Bottazzi and Peter Hotez, at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. The latest vaccine, Corbevax, is dubbed "The World's COVID-19 Vaccine." The new vaccine will be rolled out in underserved countries, like India. 

The number of homicides in Houston rapidly increased in 2021. 

 

Harris County closed out 2021 with an alarming number of homicides, significantly higher than the city has seen in recent years. In 2021, the city reported homicides up by 18 percent, with 473 homicides, according to KTRK

Texas passed 23 new laws that went into effect on January 1. 

 

The new bills include House Bill 531, a bill following the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, which would require landlords to be transparent about the property's history, including if the location has flooded in recent years, along with Senate Bill 5, making it illegal to chain up pets outside. 

Houston experiences its first light freeze of the winter season. 

 

While the month of December was a warm one, it's time for Houstonians to bundle up. According to meteorologist Kim Castro at KHOU, the weekend's lows reach the low 30s. 

University of Houston football team finishes the season with a win at the Birmingham Bowl.  

 

The Coogs finish out their regular season with a record of 12-2, beating the Auburn Tigers 17-13 at the Birmingham Bowl. 

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