The Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security, in partnership with the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, conducted ‘Catastrophic Contagion’, a pandemic tabletop exercise in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 October 2022.
Remember Event 201? Within the last 20 years, at least four pandemic tabletop exercises have taken place such as Dark Winter, Atlantic Storm, Clade X and most famously Event 201
This latest exercise simulated a series of WHO emergency health advisory board meetings addressing a fictional pandemic set “in the near future.”
Participants grappled with how to respond to an epidemic located in one part of the world that then spread rapidly, becoming a pandemic with a higher fatality rate than Covid-19 and disproportionately affecting children and young people. [emphasis our own]
Centre for Health Security, Catastrophic Contagion
The 2025 virus is called Severe Epidemic Enterovirus Respiratory Syndrome. The acronym is SEERS
According to the website, the only other video relating to Catastrophic Contagion published by the Centre for Health Security is one titled ‘The Value of Exercises’, watch HERE. Both videos, although they are uploaded to YouTube, are “unlisted” which means they do show when a search is made for them on YouTube. “Only those who know the link can view it.”
In the lessons learned section of the Catastrophic Contagion exercise it states:
Leaders must prepare now to make difficult, critically important decisions with limited information in the early days of the next pandemic in order to increase the chances that a dangerous outbreak can be contained at the source.
To successfully contain such an outbreak, decisive and bold action would need to be taken in the face of incomplete data, high scientific uncertainty, and potential political resistance.
… preparing in advance to react effectively, and practicing through both high-level tabletop and operational exercises should start now.
These are not purely public health and scientific decisions; they will be made by leaders in the context of political, economic, and social realities that can be anticipated and considered in advance. [emphasis our own]