Paul Schreyer: Pandemic simulation games – Preparation for a new era?

Paul Schreyer: Pandemic simulation games – Preparation for a new era?


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“ The politics of the Corona crisis did not come out of the blue. The "fight against viruses" began back in the 1990s as the "fight against bioterror". Research shows: For over twenty years since then, pandemic scenarios have been repeatedly rehearsed in simulation games, first in the USA, later coordinated internationally, also with German participation. The titles of these exercises are reminiscent of Hollywood productions: "Dark Winter" (2001), "Global Mercury" (2003), "Atlantic Storm" (2005) or "Clade X" (2018). High-ranking authority and government representatives as well as well-known journalists were involved, most recently, at "Event 201" in October 2019, also board members of large global corporations. After the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a coronavirus pandemic in 2020, many of the measures that had been rehearsed and discussed for years were implemented globally.
Passages like this already appeared in the scripts 20 years ago: "The sight of armed military presence in American cities provokes protests against the curtailment of civil liberties (...) The question is how and to what extent we enforce these things. How much force do you use to keep people in their homes?" In the event of a pandemic, "basic civil rights such as the right of assembly or freedom of travel could no longer be taken for granted". Restrictions on freedom, but also mass vaccinations, were a regular part of the planning games.
This lecture will chronologically trace how these exercises came about, who organised them and what parallels the scripts have to the current situation. Is the virus just a pretext for a longer-planned global transformation? And was a severe stock market quake in September 2019 perhaps the real trigger for the global lockdown?
Chapter Overview:
0:00:00 Pandemic simulation games - preparing for a new era?

0:02:23 The Cold War Era 1945 - 1990
0:05:05 The USA is running out of enemies
0:17:05 Bioterror Plan Games 1990 - 2005
0:23:51 The Dark Winter Exercise
0:30:44 Contingency planning for bioterror and influenza pandemics 0:35:40 Interim conclusion
0:38:40 The "Lock Step Scenario" 2010
0:44:38 "MARS" and The G20 Health Ministers Meeting in Berlin 0:50:35 Why the Corona Pandemic started in 2020
0:58:19 "Event 201" - Practicing with a Corona Virus Pandemic
The lecture was recorded on 20.11.2020 in Berlin.

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