Injection of Hope

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Injection of Hope

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THE HUNT FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE

A fascinating and absorbing look into the process and pressures of creating a vaccine for COVID-19, highlighting the issues that are holding up the race to deliver.

Coronavirus restrictions are starting to loosen and our cities and towns are showing more signs of life than they have in months. But health authorities and the federal and state governments insist that without an effective vaccine or treatment for coronavirus, life cannot fully return to normal.

Australian scientists are at the forefront of this hunt for a vaccine, working around the clock on several promising contenders. The stakes are high, and the degree of difficulty is intense as they face extraordinary scientific hurdles, along with extreme moral and ethical dilemmas. While their efforts showcase the best that science has to offer, behind their impressive endeavours is a story of missed opportunities and a lack of preparedness. Key figures have been warning of a likely pandemic for years, only to see resources and efforts invested elsewhere.

Infectious diseases experts say our ability to respond to this predictable outbreak has been undermined by funding cuts and short-term thinking. In the event a vaccine is developed, some fear that individual nations may refuse to share it.

This intriguing documentary explores the contentious questions of who gets to profit from any future vaccine, and if it will be made available to those least able to afford it.

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Four Corners
Australian Broadcasting Corporation