Last October we ran a massive simulation on a viral disease outbreak...
I'd heard a bit about this a few weeks ago but categorised it as baloney news and didn't bother to actually find out more...and then I watched the videos and checked the validity of the material. It's truly jaw dropping.
Astonishingly, last October in New York City, a group of people ran through a simulation of what the world might need to do in the event of a global pandemic. The hypothetical scenario - then became a catastrophic reality within just a few months of the gathering.
Five years earlier of course, Mr Bill Gates had outlined the prospect of such a thing during a TED Talk he gave. It was only a matter of time.
Event 201 was a tabletop exercise that simulated a global pandemic, which resulted from a new coronavirus. The program was hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and World Economic Forum.
It was an invite-only event that featured medical professionals, policy experts and business analysts 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. It's now very interesting to compare and contrast what they imagined we'd collectively do - against today's reality.
I'm sharing both the trailer video and the 'EVENT 201' edit here rather than simply sharing the YouTube links, as I think it useful to watch and make your own mind up on things first - ahead of the vented spleen of humanity accompanying your viewing in the YT comments section.
A revised global 'normal' will be a very interesting and challenging place to be - so let's hope we get there sooner rather than later so we can all roll our sleeves up and get on with it!
TAKE CARE in the meantime folks!