Event 201

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Date18 October 2019
LocationNew York,  USA
ParticipantsTim Evans, George Gao, Avril Haines, Jane Halton, Matthew Harrington, Martin Knuchel, Eduardo Martinez, Stephen Redd
PerpetratorsJohns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Event 201 was a 3.5 hour "tabletop" exercise about a global coronavirus pandemic, held in front of an audience on 18 October 2019. The 15 (or so?) "exercise players" were described as "prominent individuals from global business, government, and public health" and included Avrial Haines.[1]

Own words

On 24 January 2020 the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security issued a "Statement about nCoV and our pandemic exercise" that clarified that "We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people. Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019."[2]


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The official website listed 15 "players", although a couple more appear to be seated in the photo (left). "Participants included representatives from NBCUniversal, UPS, and Johnson & Johnson."[3]


The conjectured pandemic was "a SARS-like virus, germinating quietly among pig farms in Brazil before spreading to every country in the world." The site reported that "fictional newscasters from "GNN" narrated, the immune-resistant virus (nicknamed CAPS) was crippling trade and travel, sending the global economy into freefall."


Event 201 was the 4th in a series of such exercises, of which the first, Dark Winter, occurred in June 2001.


As of March 2020, Wikipedia reported that "The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences."[4]



Eduardo Martinez
George Gao
Avril Haines
Jane Halton
Martin Knuchel
Matthew Harrington
Stephen Redd
Tim Evans