A historic race against time

How Emory's Hope Clinic fought a flu pandemic

“Everyone understood this was a national emergency ... and we didn’t know if it would be like the 1918 killer pandemic.”

Those words by Mark Mulligan describe the situation in 2009, when the H1N1 flu strain was feared to be the world's next flu pandemic.

As manufacturers sped development of vaccines, the testing of those vaccines fell to a handful of government-certified testing facilities in the U.S. One of these was Emory University's Hope Clinic, which Mulligan heads. The clinic worked to compress a six-month process into just two months — all under the glare of international news media. 

This video, part of GRA's "Breakthroughs" series, showcases the heroic efforts to protect a nation and its people.