Exercise Orange Circle was a table top exercise (TTX) conducted in the ECDC premises in Stockholm. The exercise took place on 16 April 2009 from 0915 to 1615 (7 hours). Within the exercise there were three time jumps and this represented events which took place on three simulated days, on 8th, 9th and 19th December 2009. This simulated period covered the phases: outbreak, detection, diagnosis, mass vaccination implementation and managing a VPD adverse event.
The majority of participantss were drawn from ECDC; however, the exercise involved other stakeholders.
Representatives of the following Member States (MS) were present:
In addition, participation from other stakeholders included representation from:
- WHO Europe
- European Medicines Agency (EMEA)
Observers were invited from the following Member States and organisation:
- European Vaccination Advisory Group (EVAG)
There was one external Evaluator and three internal Evaluators from the following:
- European Surveillance Network for Vaccine Preventable Diseases (EUVAC.NET)
- ECDC - Preparedness Response Unit
- ECDC - Vaccine Preventable Disease horizontal programme
- ECDC - Health Communication Unit
Participants were requested to follow their normal plans and procedures and use their current methods of communication and operation in response to the injects of information given to them.
The exercise was structured into forty injects. represented on a master events list which were designed to create situations, provide specific data and keep the scenario on track and moving forward. Injects were given to participants as a paper copies throughout the day.