In 2019 the World Economic Forum held a simulation about reactions to a world pandemic sponsored by Bill Gates. This year ‘Concept 2021’ focuses on Internet supply chain failures.
In 2019 Bill Gates and Company held an exercise known as Event 201. It was put together only a few months before COVID-19 hit the United States. The Event claimed the following about its exercise:
Event 201 was a 3.5-hour pandemic tabletop exercise that simulated a series of dramatic, scenario-based facilitated discussions, confronting difficult, true-to-life dilemmas associated with response to a hypothetical, but scientifically plausible, pandemic. 15 global business, government, and public health leaders were players in the simulation exercise that highlighted unresolved real-world policy and economic issues that could be solved with sufficient political will, financial investment, and attention now and in the future.
The exercise consisted of pre-recorded news broadcasts, live “staff” briefings, and moderated discussions on specific topics. These issues were carefully designed in a compelling narrative that educated the participants and the audience.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, World Economic Forum, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation jointly propose these recommendations.
The Event 201 ‘exercise’ mirrored the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the World Economic Forum conducted a simulation called “Cyber Polygon 2020” that predicted a coming global catastrophe caused by a worldwide “cyber pandemic.”
The World Economic Forum again this year is focusing on defense and responses to a cybersecurity attack. This time related to supply chains:
This year’s focus is on supply chain attacks:
A couple of the supporters for this year’s event, CONCEPT 2021, are from Russia, SBER Bank and Home Credit Bank: