Follow the life of a vaccine from its creation in a lab in Pennsylvania to the mouths of newborns in impoverished Nicaragua. This innovative film touches on every step that a pharmaceutical drug must take in its difficult journey to reach those who need it most.
Rotavirus kills 500,000 children under five every year. Thirty years ago, one pediatrician began a journey.
Pennsylvania: 1 dose; 2 milliliters; 10 years of research; 16 years of development; 1 billion dollars; the best minds in science
Nicaragua Ministry of Health, Policlinica Oriental Ministeri de Salud 40 Metrros Abajo, Managua, Nicaragua
Below 35F it freezes; above 46F it spoils; 2,254 miles
A new journey begins
The first rotavirus vaccine arrived in Nicaragua three years ago. There have been no major outbreaks since. By 2015, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations [GAVI] will introduce the Rotavirus vaccine to 44 of the world’s poorest countries, covering 60 percent of all newborn children.