The Coronavirus Front Line [The Documentary]

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Coronavirus Front Line: The Search For A Vaccine20210202Over the last few months – right across the world – the race has been on to create and test a vaccine for Covid 19. Over 200 are in development and some are now licensed and given to protect some of the most vulnerable in society and those caring for them. Winifred Robinson has been alongside medical teams at a UK hospital recording as events unfold.

In these two documentaries she tracks vaccine development through the trial stages and examines what happens when it comes to eventual distribution. As priority lists are drawn up, there is mounting excitement amongst those waiting for the first deliveries – but not everyone is happy: social media is awash with vaccine conspiracy theories and some of these are clearly taking hold.
These programmes give access to the heart of the medical teams, with recordings carried out by Dr John Wright, an expert on infectious diseases and how they spread. He’s worked in Africa in epidemics of Ebola and HIV. Now he works at Bradford Royal Infirmary in the North of England. He’s been coordinating the response to Covid and is helping to lead the vaccine trials and delivery there.

The UK has had one of the highest death rates from Covid 19 in Europe. By the end of 2020 more than 60,000 people had died and as we moved into 2021 the country entered another national lockdown. Even with the rapid escalation in infection rates a number of those offered the vaccine are refusing to take it, particularly in the city’s large South Asian community.

It’s a trend which is worrying Dr Wright: “We’ve been doing some research to look at vaccine hesitancy and what we’ve found is that a majority of people are either uncertain or undecided about whether they’re going to get the vaccine and that’s higher than national surveys. It’s closely linked to ethnicity and to deprivation, but underlying it all is a pandemic of misinformation, fuelled by social media, which we need to challenge.”

Winifred Robinson reports on the global race to create a vaccine for Covid-19.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

01Part One20200408This is the account of one hospital’s race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus. A British doctor, Professor John Wright, is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to prepare for Covid-19. He is one of the thousands of health professionals around the world now trying to treat patients in this pandemic.

He’s an expert in fighting epidemics and has worked in outbreaks of ebola, cholera and HIV around the world. He thinks it’s important to share what clinical staff and support workers are facing at this critical time. He’s been recording on the hospital wards as the disease takes hold, the number of cases starts to climb, and the pressures intensify.

These recordings with frontline staff at all levels of Britain’s National Health Service take you behind the scenes on the hospital wards, as they plan for what is to come, and then cope with a wave of people with a new and highly infectious disease. They let us share in the deliberations, personal and professional, and in the painful life and death decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented global threat.

Presented by Winifred Robinson.

This is the account of one hospital's race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

02Bradford Royal Infirmary: Behind The Scenes In The Fight Against Covid-1920200415Professor John Wright follows frontline NHS staff as they race to help covid-19 patients

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This is the account of one hospital’s race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus. A British doctor, professor John Wright, is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to prepare for Covid-19. He is one of the thousands of health professionals around the world now trying to treat patients in this pandemic.

He is an expert in fighting epidemics and has worked in outbreaks of Ebola, Cholera and HIV around the world. He thinks it is important to share what clinical staff and support workers are facing at this critical time. He’s been recording on the hospital wards as the disease takes hold, the number of cases starts to climb and the pressures intensify.

These recordings with frontline staff at all levels of Britain’s National Health Service take you behind the scenes on the hospital wards as they plan for what is to come, and then cope with a wave of people with a new and highly infectious disease. They let us share in the deliberations, personal and professional, and in the painful life and death decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented global threat.

Presenter: Winifred Robinson

03Bradford Royal Infirmary: Another Week In The Ward Fighting Against Covid-1920200422This is the account of one hospital's race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This is the account of one hospital’s race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus. A British Doctor, Professor John Wright, is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to prepare for Covid-19. He is one of the thousands of health professionals around the world now trying to treat patients in this pandemic.

He’s an expert in fighting epidemics and has worked in outbreaks of Ebola, Cholera and HIV around the world. He thinks it’s important to share what clinical staff and support workers are facing at this critical time. He’s been recording on the hospital wards as the disease takes hold, the number of cases starts to climb and the pressures intensify.

These recordings with frontline staff at all levels of Britain’s National Health Service take you behind the scenes on the hospital wards as they plan for what is to come, and then cope with a wave of people with a new and highly infectious disease. They let us share in the deliberations, personal and professional, and in the painful life and death decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented global threat.

Presenter: Winifred Robinson.

Presented by Winifred Robinson.

This is the account of one hospital's race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus.

04Bradford Royal Infirmary: Behind The Scenes In The Fight Against Covid-1920200429This is the account of one hospital’s race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus. A British Doctor, Professor John Wright, is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to prepare for Covid-19. He is one of the thousands of health professionals around the world now trying to treat patients in this pandemic.

He’s an expert in fighting epidemics and has worked in outbreaks of Ebola, Cholera and HIV around the world. He thinks it’s important to share what clinical staff and support workers are facing at this critical time. He’s been recording on the hospital wards as the disease takes hold, the number of cases starts to climb and the pressures intensify.

These recordings with frontline staff at all levels of Britain’s National Health Service take you behind the scenes on the hospital wards as they plan for what is to come, and then cope with a wave of people with a new and highly infectious disease. They let us share in the deliberations, personal and professional, and in the painful life and death decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented global threat.

Presenter: Winifred Robinson

This is the account of one hospital's race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

05Bradford Royal Infirmary: Week Five Inside The Wards Fighting Against Covid-1920200506This is the account of one hospital's race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This is the account of one hospital’s race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus. British doctor, professor John Wright, is helping Bradford Royal Infirmary to prepare for Covid-19. He is one of the thousands of health professionals around the world now trying to treat patients in this pandemic.

He is an expert in fighting epidemics and has worked in outbreaks of Ebola, Cholera and HIV around the world. He thinks it is important to share what clinical staff and support workers are facing at this critical time. He has been recording on the hospital wards as the disease takes hold, the number of cases starts to climb and the pressures intensify.

These recordings with frontline staff at all levels of Britain’s National Health Service take you behind the scenes on the hospital wards as they plan for what is to come, and then cope with a wave of people with a new and highly infectious disease. They let us share in the deliberations, personal and professional, and in the painful life and death decisions being made in the face of this unprecedented global threat.

Presenter: Winifred Robinson

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07Recovering At Home20200520The Coronavirus Frontline follows covid positive patients discharged to recover at home

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Doctors in England are developing ways of being able to help patients as they leave the hospital covid wards. Many will require medical follow up as they continue to recover at home and a new system provides that via virtual wards; with nurses in the community overseen by staff in the hospital to ensure the best care possible. It is an effective way of helping patients and also family and friends, many of whom are worried that their loved ones might still be infected and capable of transmitting the virus.

This series comes from a hospital in the North of England, with recordings made by Dr John Wright, who works there. He is an epidemiologist and as he helps the hospital prepare and cope with a huge influx of patients, he is also searching for answers about Covid-19. He is keen to examine how the virtual wards are working in practise and whether they hold the key for a new model of health care, one where many doctors work more remotely but where patient care is not compromised at all.

The recordings follow two elderly patients coming home from the covid wards: one has the support from a grand-daughter who has moved in to give round the clock care, but who is fearful about being exposed because she has a compromised immune system. The other patient is managing alone and struggling with the most basic tasks, from opening cans to turning on taps and even being able to unlock her front door. Her wrist is weak from a previous injury and neighbours who before would call in and help are too worried about the risks of infection.

Winifred Robinson presents these recordings in a series which charts the response of National Health Service staff and patients on the covid-19 wards. The number of cases is falling but there are still concerns and doctors have seen a small rise that could be associated with celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of VE day. It was an occasion for street gatherings and although people at first kept their distance, once the alcohol started to flow some lost their inhibitions and launched into risky contact with each other, including a number of fights.

08Testing Treatments20200527Potential treatments for Covid-19 are trialled on patients

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

The way we treat those with Covid-19 looks set to change. Doctors are looking ahead to a time, not too far off, when anyone with early symptoms will be able to drive to a testing centre, get swabbed and an instant result, and then receive a prescription for a combination of effective drugs before the worst of their symptoms take hold. Winifred Robinson hears from doctors and patients, including the first patient in the United Kingdom to take part in one of the new trials.

With the death toll from this pandemic still rising across the world, clinical trials that would have taken years to approve and carry out are being done in weeks. Bradford Royal Infirmary has been recruiting for the United Kingdom-wide Recovery Trial, which involves thousands of patients at 165 hospitals. When 18-year-old Marium Zummer was rushed to hospital with symptoms of Covid-19, doctors feared she might need to be placed on a ventilator. Her father begged for her to be given one of the new treatments, and Winifred follows her progress.

This series comes from a hospital in the North of England, with recordings made by Dr John Wright, who works there. He’s an epidemiologist and has helped the hospital prepare and cope with a huge influx of patients. The hospital layout has been redesigned to try to keep Covid and non-Covid patients apart, but without a testing system that delivers results within hours, it’s proving hard to rule out the risks of infection taking place. This is becoming more of an issue as the hospital increasingly opens up for non-urgent care.

This is the account of one hospital's race to help those made ill by the Coronavirus.

9The Coronavirus Frontline Special2020071120200712 (WS)
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From vaccine trials to new treatments, this investigation tracks Covid-19 breakthroughs.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

In a special edition of the World Service series, the Coronavirus Frontline this special hour long documentary tracks the latest breakthroughs in the search for cures and better protection world-wide against covid-19. We also join medical teams in the UK for the latest developments as lockdown is eased and hospitals prepare for what might come next.

This series comes from the Bradford Royal Infirmary, in the North of England, with recordings made by Dr John Wright, who works there. He is an epidemiologist and as he helps the hospital prepare and cope with a huge influx of patients, he’s also searching for answers about Covid-19. Some of the best clues come from follow-ups on those who are still recovering from the virus and who document the on-going impact on their health as they struggle to get back to full fitness.

Medical teams are preparing to vaccinate 3,000 people in the community and logistically this raises many challenges. The partnership with local mosques and other religious and community leaders helps with plans for a wave of volunteers to attend at a stadium to be registered for the trial. In the hospital patients are still being treated on the covid wards and many are involved in trials of new treatments that will work in partnership and at earlier stages of infection.

Winifred Robinson presents these recordings in a series which charts the response of National Health Service staff and patients on the covid-19 wards. The number of cases is falling but there are still concerns about the potential for a second wave and doctors are carefully tracking post lockdown life. The early signs are pointing to a regional imbalance and warnings and safety measures are being flouted in some areas. In the Coronavirus Frontline medics present compelling insights into what’s happening in Britain and further afield.

10Coronavirus Front Line: The Search For A Vaccine - Part One20210202Over the last few months the race has been on to create and test a vaccine for Covid -19. Over 200 are in development and some are now licensed and given to protect some of the most vulnerable in society and those caring for them. Winifred Robinson has been alongside medical teams at a UK hospital recording as events unfold.

She tracks vaccine development through the trial stages and examines what happens when it comes to eventual distribution. As priority lists are drawn up, there is mounting excitement amongst those waiting for the first deliveries – but not everyone is happy. Social media is awash with vaccine conspiracy theories and some of these are clearly taking hold.

She gains access to the heart of the medical teams, with recordings carried out by Dr John Wright, an expert on infectious diseases and how they spread. He has worked in Africa in epidemics of Ebola and HIV. Now he works at Bradford Royal Infirmary in the North of England. He has been co-ordinating the response to Covid and is helping to lead the vaccine trials and delivery there.

(Photo: Coronavirus vials. Credit: Getty Images)

Winifred Robinson reports on the global race to create a vaccine for Covid-19

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

11Coronavirus Front Line: The Search For A Vaccine - Part Two20210209The medical teams at Bradford investigate the hesitancy over the Covid-19 vaccine. A team of young ambassadors is recruited to help build trust locally and medical teams follow up with those who appear reluctant for a variety of reasons. Abdul Majeed is one of those doubters, even though his uncle, Nawab Ali, has died from Covid and his father, Abdul Saboor, had been gravely ill in intensive care with Covid-19 for two months.

Abdul says he is worried by online media reports that the vaccine might be a way of micro-chipping people, and of altering their DNA. He is also suspicious about the long term side effects and mistrusts the official reassurances. He had similar doubts about Covid itself in the early months of the pandemic and did not believe it was real.

Dr Wright and the medical teams believe that around 70% of people will have to receive an effective vaccine, to stop the virus circulating in the population: the hope is that this can be achieved by late summer:

(Photo: Coronavirus vials. Credit: Getty Images)

Winifred Robinson reports on the global race to create a vaccine for Covid-19

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.