The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is hosting Event 201, a multimedia pandemic exercise featuring leaders of global businesses, government, and public health on Friday, October 18, in New York City. The Center for Health Security is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A simultaneous virtual exercise will be available for viewing starting at 8:50 a.m. here. Live coverage of the scenario will be shown, but discussion at the event following each live briefing will not be heard. Virtual exercise participants will be able to participate in their own moderated discussion. The event will run through 12:30 p.m., with one scheduled break.
Even absent a pandemic, epidemics already strain global capacity. Experts agree that it is only a matter of time before one of these events becomes global—a pandemic with potentially catastrophic consequences.
The Event 201 simulated pandemic exercise will highlight pandemic preparedness efforts, response decisions, and the cooperation required from global businesses, governments, and public health leaders to diminish the large-scale economic and societal consequences of a severe pandemic. Like the Center’s previous preparedness exercises—Clade X, Dark Winter, and Atlantic Storm—Event 201 will have participants work through complex interactions and decisions they would face were a serious health crisis to reach pandemic levels.
The Event 201 exercise is based on public health principles, epidemiologic modeling, and the assessment of past outbreaks.