Event 201 and The COVID-19 Pandemic: Predicted, Planned or Pure Coincidence ?



Official logo for Event 201, held on October 18, 2019

Oliver Galvan Mauricio, Staff Reporter

Prior to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a handful of selected individuals from distinct parts of the world met for Event 201.

Event 201, a Global Pandemic Exercise, hosted by the John Hopkins Center for Health security along with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was a 3.5 hour simulation of a pandemic which highlighted the consequences it would have on every aspect of life. The primary purpose was for key establishments to prepare in advance for an a severe pandemic, which would bring “potentially catastrophic consequences”. The event also encouraged for cooperation between national governments, organizations and corporations to bring a solution for such an scenario. Event 201 was hosted in New York City’s Pierre Hotel on October 18, 2019.

One may ask why this event, which was hosted a couple years back, is relevant to the present date ?

The answer: coincidental occurrences that seem too exact with the event’s simulation and the current pandemic we are all experiencing.

Event 201’s Scenario 

The scenario presented to the participants of Event 201 was “a zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people,” which becomes contagious to other people who come into contact. The origin point of this coronavirus is first in Brazil, but quickly expands throughout the globe through air travel. Countries included in the scenario are Portugal, the United States, and China.

The scenario continues with no vaccine available the first year, resulting in a large accumulation of cases per week. The scenario concludes at an “18-month point, with 65 million deaths.” This fictional pandemic shown continues until there is an effective vaccine or with “80-90% of the global population has been exposed.”

Suspicion and doubts have arisen with this scenario, as various people say there are too many similarities with the scenario and the current COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals claims are not far fetched, as COVID-19 spread worldwide via air travel. What’s more, in the entirety of 2020, vaccines were not available until December of last year, with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine being authorized to use by the FDA “late in the evening on December 11th,” reported Time Magazine.

The Time Between Event 201 and The COVID-19 Pandemic

As previously mentioned, Event 201 was held on October 18 of 2019. A resident pointed out that on November 17 of that same year, “almost a month after the event,” the first coronavirus case was filed.

This can be officially confirmed by the Chinese authorities, who on said day identified the first patient, Patient Zero, infected in Wuhan. Nearing the last days of December, the outbreak reached all corners of the world.

Statement From The John Hopkins Center For Health Security and Partners

Because of the recent suspicion and claims by many people, some who have even called the Center itself.   The Center has released a statement where, in their own words, claim they “did not make a prediction during our tabletop exercise.” The John Hopkins Center for Health Security also mentioned “For the scenario, we modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic, but we explicitly stated it was not a prediction.”  The Center even claimed they are not predicting a worldwide death toll of 65 million people.

Even so, many people remain skeptical and others unconvinced. While some individuals do not believe the pandemic was orchestrated, they do find this claimed fictional scenario having similarities with the COVID-19 pandemic extremely strange. “I wouldn’t call it a conspiracy theory, but seeing this does raise several questions,” expressed a fellow student.

So, what do you think? Was the event a prediction? Something more? Or a simple great coincidence?



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