How to Survive a Pandemic (2022)
Directed by David France, 109 minutes
How to Survive a Pandemic takes an inside look at the historic, multi-national race to research, develop, regulate, and roll out Covid-19 vaccines in the war against the coronavirus pandemic.
The documentary began filming in early 2020 as the largest public health effort in history got underway and followed those efforts over the next 18 months, exploring in real time the hard work and collaboration of health agencies worldwide, as well as the political and moral failures of governments to act impartially and equitably.
With unparalleled access to world-renowned scientists, the heads of pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and frontline workers, How to Survive a Pandemic is the definitive chronicle of the most consequential undertaking of the 21st century. It is where towering achievements in science collide with the geopolitical realities of desperation, greed and national self-interest.
Directed by Oscar-nominated, best-selling author and award-winning investigative journalist David France (How to Survive a Plague, Welcome to Chechnya).
Featuring interviews with global health thought-leaders, scientists and policy-makers including:
Jon Cohen, senior correspondent Science Magazine
Dr Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dr Dan Barouch, lead scientist behind the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, former scientific lead of the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center who co-developed Moderna’s mRNA vaccine
Dr Adrian Hill, who led the research for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General World Health Organization
Adar Poonawalla, CEO Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer
Dr Seth Berkley, CEO Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and head of the global COVAX initiative (in partnership with the World Health Organization)
Dr Glenda Gray, President and CEO South African Medical Research Council, the face of South Africa’s Covid-19 response
Rev Paul Abernathy of Pittsburgh, PA, who tries to address vaccine hesitancy and access to healthcare in his community
Thurs 18 - Fri 19 August: watch How to Survive a Pandemic on our VOD platform (restricted to viewers in Australia only)
Thurs 18 August 19:30 AEST (10:30 BST): join the live-streamed screening and panel discussion.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Nancy Baxter, Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; Nancy will be joined by How to Survive a Pandemic director David France, Professor Brett Sutton, Victoria's Chief Health Officer, and Leith Greenslade, Founder and CEO, JustActions and Coordinator of Every Breath Counts.