In Season 2 of "The Road to a Vaccine," host Lisa Ling interviews scientists, global health leaders and other experts on the COVID-19 front lines to reveal the latest medical advances and collaborations to create a coronavirus vaccine—and hopefully a return to a world without the pandemic.
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Season 2 Special
Hear from the Experts: Is it Safe to Send Kids Back to School This Fall?
In this bonus clip from “The Road to a Vaccine,” global public health experts weigh the risks—and benefits—of sending kids back to the classroom. Plus, the one frequently forgotten group that must be included in all decisions. Be sure to tune in for the next live episode of “The Road to a Vaccine," which returns August 18 at 12:00 PM ET.

Season 2 Episodes

    Season 2, Episode 1
    July 07, 2020
    In the Season 2 premiere, Lisa Ling checks into the virtual AIDS 2020 conference to talk with actress and HIV advocate Laverne Cox, Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels, M.D., and others about the ongoing quest for an HIV vaccine and how that’s informing research on COVID-19 vaccines.
    How Lessons Learned in Fighting HIV Help Us Battle COVID-19
    How Lessons Learned in Fighting HIV Help Us Battle COVID-19
    Season 2, Episode 2
    July 14, 2020
    Lisa Ling talks with Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH, about the latest on treatments and vaccines. Also, Harvard's Dr. Ashish Jha shares how the virus affects the body and Johns Hopkins' Dr. Tom Inglesby explains what the new data on spread means for people.
    How New COVID-19 Outbreaks Are Impacting a Global Return to Normal
    How New COVID-19 Outbreaks Are Impacting a Global Return to Normal
    Season 2, Episode 3
    July 21, 2020
    Lisa Ling talks to UNICEF’s Henrietta Fore about global efforts to get all kids vaccinated. Harvard's Dr. Vikram Patel discusses children’s mental health during the pandemic. Plus, parents ask the experts their pressing questions about COVID-19.
    How is COVID-19 Affecting Children? What Parents Worldwide Should Know
    How is COVID-19 Affecting Children? What Parents Worldwide Should Know
Meet Our Host
Ling is the Executive Producer and host of "This Is Life" on CNN. She has also been a field correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and a contributor to ABC News' "Nightline."
Expert Guest
Henrietta H. Fore
Henrietta H. Fore
Before becoming Executive Director at UNICEF, Fore held numerous prestigious roles, including Director of the United States Mint in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where her work earned her the Alexander Hamilton Award—the Department’s highest honor. She also was the first woman to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance.
Expert Guest
Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Hotez is the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, as well as director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, in addition to other prestigious academic posts he holds. He has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and editorials as well as books, including “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad.”
Expert Guest
Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H.
Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Jha is the K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, as well as a practicing general internist and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He leads national analysis of key issues around the COVID-19 pandemic, advising policy makers and elected officials at the state and federal level. In September, Dr. Jha will begin work as the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
Expert Guest
Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.
Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. McClellan is Director—and the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy—at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He is at the center of the nation’s efforts to combat the pandemic and the co-author of a roadmap that details the steps needed for a comprehensive COVID-19 response and safe reopening of our country.
Expert Guest
Vikram Patel, MBBS, Ph.D.
Vikram Patel, MBBS, Ph.D.
Dr. Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at the Harvard Medical School. His work has focused on the burden of mental health problems, their association with social disadvantage and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment in low-resource settings.
On the latest episode of "The Road to a Vaccine," host Lisa Ling delves into the effects of the pandemic on kids. We sat down with one of the guests, Vikram Patel, a professor at Harvard Medical School, to find out the most pressing questions on his mind.

Season 1 Episodes

    Season 1, Episode 1
    April 14, 2020
    Join host Lisa Ling as she interviews scientists and healthcare workers about how vaccines work, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s being done globally to create a novel coronavirus vaccine.
    How a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Work. Plus, How Quickly We Could Get There
    How a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Work. Plus, How Quickly We Could Get There
    Season 1, Episode 2
    April 21, 2020
    Three leading scientists who have been on the frontlines of Zika, malaria and HIV give you the inside scoop on vaccine development and the process of going from lab to clinic.
    What it Takes to Create a Coronavirus Vaccine in Record Time
    What it Takes to Create a Coronavirus Vaccine in Record Time
    Season 1, Episode 3
    April 28, 2020
    Lisa Ling interviews National Academies member and University Professor at the University of Connecticut, Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., to learn what his new coronavirus study reveals. Plus, what’s needed to mass-produce a vaccine and what we’ve learned from other outbreaks.
    Why is COVID-19 Hitting Minority Communities So Hard?
    Why is COVID-19 Hitting Minority Communities So Hard?
    Season 1, Episode 4
    May 05, 2020
    This week we hear from two ER doctors about what they’ve learned from caring for COVID-19 patients. A renowned epidemiologist shares why testing is so important. A Nigerian doctor who recovered from Ebola herself talks about how fighting this outbreak is different. Plus, a leading scientist talks about how long vaccine immunity could last.
    What Doctors On The Front Lines of COVID-19 Are Now Saying About the Virus
    What Doctors On The Front Lines of COVID-19 Are Now Saying About the Virus
    Season 1, Episode 5
    May 12, 2020
    Two nurses—one on the front lines in the ICU, and one leading the charge to advocate for her profession—talk about what caring for patients, and each other, really means right now. An activist talks about recovering from the virus and a scientist shares the challenges of creating a vaccine for clinical. Plus, Arianna Huffington and Husseini K. Manji, MD, FRCPC, discuss the other COVID-19 crisis: how it's impacting mental health.
    How Nurses Are Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic
    How Nurses Are Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Season 1, Episode 6
    May 19, 2020
    How the Global Community is Coming Together to Battle COVID-19
    How the Global Community is Coming Together to Battle COVID-19
    Season 1, Episode 7
    May 26, 2020
    In Episode 7, Lisa Ling speaks with Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels, M.D., about important advances being made in vaccine development. Former FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., discusses what reopening could look like and global health leader Jonathan Quick, M.D., MPH, shares why he believes testing is critical to help manage this pandemic.
    What Our “New Normal” Might Look Like Until We Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
    What Our “New Normal” Might Look Like Until We Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
    Season 1, Episode 8
    June 02, 2020
    In the season finale of The Road to a Vaccine, pandemic pioneers Paul Stoffels, M.D., and Peter Piot, M.D., Ph.D., discuss Dr. Piot’s own experience battling COVID-19. Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., a world-renowned physician and healthcare leader weighs in on how racism is a public health crisis and discusses the impact of recent protests in the midst of a pandemic. Plus, Lisa Ling talks with International Rescue Committee President and CEO Rt Hon David Miliband about how to protect refugees and other groups particularly vulnerable to the effects of the novel coronavirus.
  • What People Are Saying

      Excellent interview! Dr. Stoffels = Terrific!

      Amazing job from Laverne Cox and a big THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and experienced perspective! I happily watched the number of viewers rise.

      Excellent speakers. It gives a good perspective on what the nurses are dealing with. Thank you!

      Such an awesome episode!! Great panelists!!! Happy Nurses day to all nurses, especially my sister!!!

      Glad to see how leaders from J&J are supporting front liners, which is an incredible example of serving community as a first priority. Many thanks.

      Wonderful guests—thank you!

      Thank you Lisa for doing these interviews and the J&J team for providing this information. Your calm, thoughtful approach to covering these complex multi-dimensional issues is so appreciated.🌼

      Best wishes, Dr. Schuitemaker. Thanks for all the hard work, conducting number of trial activities in parallel and collaborating across the industry.

      Appreciate all the hard work of our scientists, sacrificing so much of their time. You guys are heroes!

      Amazing, we value your countless contributions to saving lives.

      Looking forward to tuning in to tomorrow's episode. Appreciate these very informative sessions. Thanks, Lisa!

      It is really brilliant to see that Johnson and Johnson are gearing up for production worldwide for the vaccines once approved by PHE.

      I love my company, worked a lot of years being an inspector. Miss not working, I'm retired now. They will find a vaccine.

      The Human Genome Project began with the same spirit. Well done J&J for reviving that collaborative working.

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