There’s hope on the horizon for the many Americans who’ve been devastated by COVID-19. As more good news surfaces reporting successful development of vaccines, a special ABC News’ 20/20 documentary The Shot: Race for the Vaccine will take viewers behind the scenes as scientists search for a cure.

What’s Happening:

  • Next week, ABC News’ 20/20 will host a special hour long episode focusing on our Nation’s efforts to get a COVID-19 vaccine approved and quickly distributed so our country can return to normalcy.
  • The Shot: Race for the Vaccine airs Monday, December 14 (10:00 – 11:00 pm ET) on the ABC Television Network.
  • The special is a primetime documentary that takes an inside look at how officials expect to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in record time.
  • The one-hour special edition of 20/20 explores the questions many people are asking, arguing over and worrying about, including on safety, access and timing.

About The Shot:

  • The special reports on the science behind the vaccines that are closest to receiving authorization; details of the trials and results; the near misses, the roadblocks and serendipity along the way; personal stories and behind the scenes footage of the scientists leading the charge; and the brave volunteers who participated in the trials.
  • The documentary reports on the logistical and scientific challenges that health officials, the military, labs, and drug and shipping companies from different countries face in coordinating a global effort without parallel since the end of World War II.

Conversations with Experts:

  • The special features interviews with leading experts and officials such as:
    • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor
    • Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner
    • Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, the NIH’s lead researcher on the coronavirus vaccine project
    • Dr. Barney Graham, deputy director of the NIH’s Vaccine Research Center and chief of the virus research lab
    • Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the independent panel advising the FDA on vaccine authorizations and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board co-chair
    • Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines
    • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar
    • General Gustave Perna, the COO of Operation Warp Speed
    • Philanthropist Bill Gates

Creative Team:

  • The special is produced by:
    • ABC News Specialized Units
    • Investigative Unit
    • ABC News Medical Unit
    • ABC Longform Unit
  • Senior executive produced by:
    • Jeanmarie Condon
  • Executive produced by:
    • Megan Harding
    • Melia Patria
    • Cindy Galli
  • Senior editorial producers:
    • Josh Margolin
    • Eric M. Strauss