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How to Survive a Pandemic


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.

Running Time: 109 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Health, Science, Society
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Mira Chang
Cinematographer: Tom Bergmann, Wolfgang Held, John Pope
Editor(s): Adam Evans, Tyler H. Walk


  • The Hollywood Reporter
    A much-needed dose of inspiration.
    Angie Han
  • Time
    HBO's excellent feature doc How to Survive a Pandemic traces the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines over two years of scientific triumphs and public health nightmares.
    Judy Berman
  • The Wrap
    Devastating and uplifting in equal measure.
    Drew Taylor
  • Variety
    Smart, humane and gripping.
    Guy Lodge

Festival Participation

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 2022
  • CPH:DOX - 2022
  • Silbersalz International Science & Media Festival - 2022
  • Global Health Film Festival - 2022

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