The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, which is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, held a day-long pandemic tabletop excise on May 15 in Washington, DC to simulate the response to a fictitious bioengineered pathogen for which there is no vaccine. The simulation of Clade X included a series of National Security Council–convened meetings of 10 US government leaders, played by individuals prominent in the fields of national security or epidemic response.
Participants included Mr. Jeff Smith, former general counsel, Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mr. Jamie Gorelick, former Deputy Attorney General.
At the conclusion of the exercise, the Center presented 6 strategic policy goals needing commitment from the United States to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemics. Those recommendations are: