Center for Creativity



The University of Pittsburgh Center for Creativity presents CHASING COVID, a new film that takes viewers inside the lab of The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research where Dr. Paul Duprex, Director and Jonas Salk Professor, and his team have been working collaboratively with scientists around the world to unlock the secrets of COVID-19 and find ways to defeat coronavirus.


This engaging and inspiring half-hour program explores how today's research builds on pioneering work of the Pitt Virus lab which developed the Salk polio vaccine and how changes in technology have led to a new "vaccine renaissance."

It also reveals how challenges still remain about how to get a vaccine candidate from lab to the public, touches on questions of vaccine hesitancy and equity, and why a combination of science, creativity, and teamwork is necessary for us to defeat this and further pathogens that may come along.

Take a Shot at Changing the World Video Competition

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Creativity and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit are partnering to host an online video competition.

Middle school and high school students in the United States are encouraged to watch this film and make their own short videos on vaccines by going to the Take a Shot at Changing the World website!

Educational Resources

Designed in consultation with educators, this program can be shown in its entirety or in individual modules when teaching about the history, development, and distribution of vaccines and other aspects of virology. 

Check out CHASING COVID educational resources

Please feel free to use this in your classrooms, but please let us know about your experiences by emailing us at