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The next severe pandemic will not only cause great illness and loss of life but could also trigger major cascading economic and societal consequences that could contribute greatly to global impact and suffering. The Event 201 pandemic exercise, conducted on October 18, 2019, vividly demonstrated a number of these important gaps in pandemic preparedness as well as some of the elements of the solutions between the public and private sectors that will be needed to fill them. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation jointly propose these recommendations.

Fact Sheets

The Center’s scholars researched these topics to inform the scenario.

CAPS: The Pathogen and Clinical Syndrome (PDF)
Communication in a pandemic (PDF)
Event 201 Model (PDF)
Finance in a pandemic (PDF)
Medical countermeasures (PDF)


View the video recordings of Event 201 as well as a short highlights video of the day here.


Details about the scenario are available here.