Are we currently living in a pandemic “drill”? This may make you go “hmm…”

For its most recent “exercise,” called Event 201 which was held in New York City in October 2019, the Center for Health Security partnered with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to engage 15 leaders in business, government, and public health to model response to a worldwide coronavirus pandemic. At the start of the exercise, the world was 3 months in, and there were already more than 500,000 cases globally.

Which is why the “Pandemic Emergency Board” convened for the Event 2001 included representatives from the UN Foundation, the World Bank, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as leaders from the travel, banking, pharmaceutical, and healthcare services industries.

And, as Toner noted, demonstrating how to prepare for a specific type of biosecurity event—whether it involves the accidental release of a dangerous pathogen, the intentional release of a bioweapon, or a naturally occurring disease pandemic, as recreated during Event 201—helps the global community prepare for all of them…

https://www.contagionlive.com/news/johns-hopkins-initiative-hopes-to-better-prepare-for-pandemics-public-health-watch

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