Story Publication logo May 15, 2021

Race for the Vaccine

Hong Kong has been successful at fighting COVID-19. Image by PBS NewsHour. Hong Kong, 2020.

In this two-part series, viewers are given an inside look at the heart-pounding race for a...

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As news of the coronavirus broke around the globe, a small group of scientists jumped into action to tackle one of the greatest medical challenges of our time: to create a vaccine against a virus no one had ever seen before, and to do so in record time, during a deadly, global pandemic.

Directed and produced by filmmaker and former virologist Catherine Gale (The Joy of Winning), and co-directed by medical journalist and independent filmmaker Caleb Hellerman, Race for the Vaccine tells the story of how they did just that, developing vaccines candidates in days and weeks instead of years, and putting them through the rigorous testing required to prove that they were safe, and that they worked. The filmmakers embedded with several of these vaccine teams throughout the process, following them through the triumphs and setbacks of their unprecedented undertaking. From the design challenges of the drugs to the pitfalls of recruitment; from the pressure of politics to the glorious victories and stunning defeats, the film offers an inside look into this extraordinary scientific undertaking for the ages.

Learn more about this film at Tangled Studies


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