As more people test positive for viruses linked to the monkeypox virus family, we may be entering a new era of wellness and medicial discovery. A biological threat mitigation organization ran a scenario exercise in March 2021, which used a unique strain of monkeypox virus and resulted in 270 million deaths.

In March 2021, the Nuclear Threat Initiative collaborated with the Munich Security Conference on a simulation of how the world might respond to a monkeypox pandemic. The event was attended by the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chinese and American CDCs, and other prominent organizations.

This is similar to Operation Lockstep, which is a model allowing these entities to play out real incidents and see how they can respond.

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