In October, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to conduct a global pandemic simulation called "Catastrophic Contagion" in Brussels, Belgium. The simulation focused on a pandemic that is deadlier than Covid-19 and is particularly dangerous for children.
The exercise was based on WHO's health advisory board dealing with a pandemic of the "Severe Epidemic Enteroviurs Respiratory Syndrome" which originates in Brazil and spreads across the world, much as the Covid-19 pandemic did with origins in China.
It should be noted that the "Catastrophic Contagion" simulation targets Brazil as the country of origin for the pandemic. Given that Brazil is currently fighting against Communism, it doesn't seem like a randomly selected country of origin for the purposes of the exercise.
The simulation covered WHO emergency health advisory board meetings regarding the fictitious pandemic, with the time period being in the near future.
Enteroviruses include infectious diseases and infections like Polio or Hepatitis A that are made up of RNA and attack the nervous system after it enters the body through the gastrointestinal tract.
In the simulation, a fictional media source aired pre-recorded broadcasts reading off statistics, including high death tolls, especially among children, and included segments stating that the numbers could have been lower or deaths prevented altogether had countries practiced pandemic drills and followed the WHO's guidelines for pandemics.
The fictional broadcaster announced, "As of today, there have been an estimated 1 billion cases worldwide with more than 20 million deaths, including nearly 15 million children. Countless millions are alive but left with paralysis or brain damage." The fictitious broadcast continued, "The most successful countries are those which invested in preparedness and trained for this moment years in advance."
During the exercise, Bill gates and public health officials from Germany, India, Angola, Rwanda, Liberia, and Nigeria moderated discussions.
In what can now be seen as an eery premonition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation held a similar simulation in 2019 called "Event 201," in which a global coronavirus pandemic was transmitted from bats to pigs and then to the world's population. That event was held in conjunction with the John Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The John Hopkins Center for Health Safety website described the event saying, "Event 201 was a 3.5-hour pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of dramatic, scenario-based facilitated discussions, confronting difficult, true-to-life dilemmas associated with response to a hypothetical, but scientifically plausible, pandemic. 15 global business, government, and public health leaders were players in the simulation exercise that highlighted unresolved real-world policy and economic issues that could be solved with sufficient political will, financial investment, and attention now and in the future."
Featured during the 2019 "Event 201" simulation were big pharma executives with Johnson & Johnson and Merck, along with the executive of the Global Fund and the UPS Foundation president.
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