May 10, 2021 · 3 min read

CNN: Race for the Vaccine Documentary

May 2021 | Race for the Vaccine Documentary | Photography provided by CNN

RACE FOR THE VACCINE” is a documentary exploring the global quest to develop, trial, manufacture, and distribute effective vaccines to fight the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The film, which was supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, follows a small group of elite scientists across the globe as they launch into action, taking on one of the biggest challenges in the history of modern medicine. The filmmakers established rare access behind several of the principal COVID-19 candidate vaccines, including three of the first to make it through human clinical trials and offer real hope for controlling the virus. Among those to grant an inside look include the team behind Pfizer/BioNTech’s candidate vaccine, top scientists from the U.S. NIH, who worked with Moderna as well as a group from Oxford University, whose vector-borne approach is the basis for the low-cost AstraZeneca. The documentary is a vital mix of reverence for the scientific discovery process and a compelling story of human advancement. “RACE FOR THE VACCINE” will air on CNN in the U.S. on May 15 from 9pm-11pm ET and on in the U.K under the title “VACCINE: THE INSIDE STORY ” as part of the Horizon series on BBC Two in early June. Watch the trailer here.



About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our local communities. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit

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CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees the strategy for CNN Films; Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, works day-to-day with filmmakers to oversee projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit, follow @CNNFilms via Twitter, and join Keep Watching, an exclusive, members-only community for CNN Films & CNN Original Series  Acclaimed CNN Films include the Academy Award ® – nominated, BAFTA-nominated, and Emmy ®  Award-winning RBG, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen; the Emmy ®  Award-winning APOLLO 11, the giant screen film APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, directed by Todd Douglas Miller; JIMMY CARTER: Rock & Roll President, directed by Mary Wharton; and the Emmy ®  Award-nominated, BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle.

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