Updated: Apr 10, 2021
There are many strands to a spider web, on its own a strand serves no purpose but joined together they create a formidable trap. Event 201 is but one of those strands. I find it strange that our leaders and I use that term loosely, have an uncanny knack at predicting a crisis.
Event 201 was a tabletop exercise that simulated a global pandemic, which resulted from a new coronavirus. The program was hosted in October, six weeks before the covid pandemic, by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum.
The invite-only event featured medical professionals, policy experts and business leaders from around the world, all focused on how different institutions would respond to the onset of a deadly virus. The fictional coronavirus — a coronavirus, in general, being a specific kind of virus — in the scenario killed 65 million people over 18 months. Joint recommendations from participants urged international cooperation both in preparing for and handling a pandemic.
The Center for Health Security has hosted three pandemic simulations prior to Event 201, going back to a 2001 simulation known as Dark Winter. The October simulation was the first time the center included private sector actors in its exercises, in the hopes of modeling how they might also react in such a crisis.
Now call me skeptical but the timing was uncanny. The media coverage was all but non-existent. Make of it what you will but the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum feature heavily in this ongoing crisis. Their names appear often, and their influence runs deep through the veins of politics but more about them in future articles. For now please follow the link to the Event 201 manifesto and see for yourselves.