BBC Two has partnered with CNN Films for Vaccine: The Inside Story, a documentary film telling the inside story of the race for a coronavirus vaccine.
Given extensive access to leading research teams, including that of Pfizer/BioNTech, the Horizon special follows the global efforts at developing, trialling, manufacturing and distributing effective vaccines to fight the pandemic.
When news of the novel virus broke, elite scientists around the world sprung into action to tackle the biggest threat in the history of modern medicine. It required scope and speed never-before-seen, and the use of multiple new technologies.
Key scientists, clinicians and manufacturing experts from the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia share the struggles and triumphs of their work, as well as the trial volunteers putting their bodies on the line for progress.
Producer, director and former virologist, Catherine Gale, said: “How pandemics end depends so much on how they begin, so I wanted to tell the story of the scientists who were ready and waiting for Covid-19.
“The story of their race against time to develop vaccines, and the lessons we take from it, will shape the future for us all, so it’s never been more important that we dive into their world.”