Mr Clark, you are a Barrister, correct ??
Follow the money !!!
If someone were to release a pathogen for the purpose of making money it would be an intentional act.
I believe any person who tried this would be charged and convicted under 18 USC 2332a, and sentenced to death if it results in even one death (I believe deaths resulting from a virus that is known to evade existing immunity is a certainty)
18 USC 2332a: "(a) Offense Against a National of the United States or Within the United States.—A person
who, without lawful authority, uses, threatens, or attempts or conspires to use, a weapon of mass destruction
— . . . shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, and if death results, shall be punished by death
or imprisoned for any term of years or for life. . . . the term “weapon of mass destruction
” means . . . any weapon involving a biological agent
, toxin, or vector (as those terms are defined in section 178 of this title
)" (emphasis added).
Section 178: "the term “biological agent
” means any microorganism (including, but not limited to, bacteria, viruses, fungi, rickettsiae or protozoa), or infectious substance, or any naturally occurring, bioengineered or synthesized component of any such microorganism or infectious substance, capable of causing
— (A) death
, or other biological malfunction in a human, an animal, a plant, or another living organism"
Pfizer reportedly sells the COVID vaccine for about $20 per dose:
>>>Under one pandemic supply deal, Pfizer is charging the U.S. $19.50 per dose, D'Amelio said, which is “not a normal price like we typically get for a vaccine—$150, $175 per dose. So, pandemic pricing.”<<<
Amid the high-stakes fight against COVID-19, a company at the forefront of the vaccine effort is | Amid the high-stakes fight against COVID-19, a company at the forefront of the vaccine effort is laying plans to hike prices after the crisis. A top Pfizer exec said the drugmaker aims to charge...
Even if Pfizer raises it to $200 per dose and we assume this is 100% profit (this cannot be correct, of course), the civil and criminal damages for intentionally releasing a pathogen would be many thousands of times the potential profit. It would instantly bankrupt the company.
I believe that anyone who was involved in intentionally releasing a pathogen would be found personally liable for civil damages that would be thousands of times greater than any potential financial gain the person might experience.
In short, anyone involved would likely be sentenced to death, their assets would be seized, and their estate would owe millions in damages.
One would have to be a complete f'ing moron to try this.