Journalism Grants

Funding For:

Investigating How the U.S. Is Preparing for the Next Pandemic



PBS NewsHour

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019



Summary of the Project:

The U.S. plays an important role in the global response for pandemics – are we ready for the next one? This series seeks to answer that question by exploring topics like animal-transmitted viruses and construction of biocontainment units across the country.

About the Grantee:

The PBS NewsHour is an hour-long evening news broadcast and digital presence, hosted by Judy Woodruff, which offers news updates, analysis, field reports from around the world, live studio interviews, discussions. For more than 40 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to the PBS NewsHour for the solid, reliable reporting that has made it one of the most trusted news programs on television and online.

Related Grantee Work

June 20, 2019

A universal flu vaccine could finally be within sight

Part 3 examined the work of the National Institutes of Health to develop a universal flu vaccine that could better protect the public against pandemic threats by targeting the structure of the flu virus that does not change from strain to strain.

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June 19, 2019

Why the race to stop the next flu outbreak starts at state fairs and the beach

Part 2 explored the role that animals play in pandemics. Every major flu pandemic that has killed a lot of humans followed a pattern of moving from wild birds to domestic animals to people, but we rely on chicken eggs and mammal cells for vaccine production.

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June 18, 2019

Why another flu pandemic is likely just a matter of when

Part 1 looked at flu pandemics in the last century and risks we face today of a new flu strain emerging that is more deadly than seasonal flu. One woman shared her personal story of battling the deadly virus, which temporarily placed her on life support.

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