How to Survive a Pandemic How to Survive a Pandemic

  • David France

Science cannot succeed without a politics of solidarity.

The New York Times

A deadly virus. A world on its knees. A race to save humanity.

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.

Note: How to Survive a Pandemic won the 2023 News & Doc Emmy for Outstanding Science & Technology Documentary.



  • Mira Chang


  • David France

  • Tyler H. Walk

Executive Producers

  • Joy Tomchin

  • Jenny Raskin

  • Geralyn White Dreyfous

  • Greg Boustead

  • Jessica Harrop