Event 201

Leaders from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation came together for Event 201 in which they planned out a global response to a never-before seen coronavirus pandemic.

The event took place in 2019 and their conclusion after this hypothetical exercise is that they weren’t able to prevent a hypothetical coronavirus from killing 65 million people.

While the current and specific form of the virus (COVID-19) was not mentioned in the exercise, the training exercise did simulate a fictional virus was called CAPS.

In the exercise, the virus started with pigs in Brazil before spreading to farmers, not unlike how 2019-nCoV (COVID-19) reportedly began with animals before spreading to people.

As part of the simulation, CAPS infected people all over the globe within six months. It then triggered a global crisis and killed 65 million within 18 months.

The “players” in the Event 201 simulation included health experts from the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as several academics and representatives from private companies. In other words, they were the same types of people likely to plan the world’s response to a real-life coronavirus pandemic.

Read more about Event 201 on the Center for Health and Security website.

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