Catastrophic Contagion: Planning The Next Pandemic | Center for Health Security

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The Johns Hopkins , in partnership with the and the , conducted Catastrophic Contagion, a tabletop exercise at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on October 23, 2022.

The group of participants consisted of 10 current and former Health Ministers and senior public health officials from Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Angola, Liberia, Singapore, India, Germany, as well as , co-chair of the .

“We will have to prepare for the next . That will get attention this time.”

The exercise simulated a series of WHO emergency health advisory board meetings addressing a fictional set in the near future. Participants grappled with how to respond to an located in one part of the world that then spread rapidly, becoming a with a higher fatality rate than and disproportionately affecting children and young people.

Participants were challenged to make urgent policy decisions with limited information in the face of uncertainty. Each problem and choice had serious health, economic, and social ramifications. 

Source: Catastrophic Contagion

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