Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World

This is the dramatic global story of the first year of Covid-19, tracing the devastation caused by the spread of the virus across four continents.

This is the dramatic global story of the first year of Covid-19, tracing the devastation caused by the spread of the virus across four continents. This feature-length documentary explores the science, the politics and the tragic stories of the victims who are often among their country’s most vulnerable.

Going undercover into Wuhan, China, doctors are filmed for the first time, claiming that the contagiousness of the virus was covered-up for weeks by the authorities. A leading infectious diseases specialist in neighbouring Taiwan, Dr. Yi-Chin Lo, tells ITV, “I think the pandemic could have been avoided, at the beginning, if China was transparent, about the outbreak, and was quick to provide necessary information to the world.”

Following the trail of the virus from China to Italy, the UK, USA and Brazil, the documentary explores how the pandemic was and remains potentially within our control, and how the decisions of governments, and public health officials helped shape its course, showing how a pandemic – that many underestimated – became the deadliest for a century.