How to Survive a Pandemic

How to Survive a Pandemic

Sloan Foundation Film

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  • David France


  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Dan Barouch
  • Albert Bourla
  • Jon Cohen
  • Anthony Fauci
  • Glenda Gray


  • 2021, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Film Program: Feature Film Grant

Chronicles the global race to research, develop, manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccines in the most enormous coordinated public health effort ever undertaken.

    Directed by acclaimed journalist and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker David France (Welcome to Chechnya), 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. This 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.

    Photo credit: HBO

    Possible Topics

    • Pandemic Survival
    • Modern Epidemiology
    • Infectious Diseases