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4.1

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds [SIRENS]

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds COWORKER: Let’s hope it’s not a virus.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Right.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 seconds Oh, wow. Oh. All right. Get this printed.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds LUCY: Joe. Joey Adams. Ex-employee at Mendona University, research scientist. Fired in 2012 for workplace harassment. Richard Faust, known to his coworkers as Rick. Head of private security at the University, ex-military, ex-Drollex Corp too. Hardy’s previous posting.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: What, she just carries him with her?

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds LUCY: Like a handbag.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: And this is Hardy?

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds LUCY: Mm-hmm.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Oh, wow. OK. [KNOCKING ON DOOR]

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds JIM BROWN: Let me call you back. I hope you know more than last time, Alex.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: I’ve spoken with Judge Turner to arrange a warrant. I’m assembling a small team to bring Antonia Hardy in.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds JIM BROWN: She’s one of the few people working on a vaccine.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: I believe she’s already developed it. I spoke with an ex-employee of hers–

Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds JIM BROWN: Always reliable.

Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: –Who told me about a secret lab for off the record research. There are documents and emails from Hardy referring to the virus from before the outbreak. The ex-employee? Killed, I believe, by Hardy’s head of security. Somebody didn’t want him talking, and all he was talking about was Hardy.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds JIM BROWN: And Turner just gave you the warrant?

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Well, no. I was hoping that you would vouch for me. Just twist her arm?

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds JIM BROWN: Vouch for you against Hardy, the head of medical continental research?

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: I need to send a unit to the address. Just as reconnaissance.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds JIM BROWN: If you’re wrong, Alex–

Skip to 1 minute and 55 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: I’m not wrong.

Skip to 1 minute and 58 seconds LUCY: You got a warrant?

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Getting. Is the unit prepped and ready?

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 seconds LUCY: They’re on their way. But Alex, we couldn’t get full protective gear. They said it was a waste of money and unnecessary.

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Well, what have they got?

Skip to 2 minutes and 10 seconds Oh– have you seen Mara around? She said she’s gonna–

Skip to 2 minutes and 12 seconds LUCY: She tried calling earlier. She’s going to try your mobile. She’s sick.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 seconds Okay– the team are about to reach the destination. Did you want to listen in? Alex?

Skip to 2 minutes and 30 seconds TEAM MEMBER: (ON RADIO) We’re coming up to what looks like an old barn, abandoned. rusty. There’s a large padlock on the door. It’s new. [WOOD SPLINTERING]

Skip to 2 minutes and 41 seconds TEAM MEMBER: (ON RADIO) Yeah, there’s some high tech equipment in here. Looks like a meth lab. Bio hazard suits on the wall. [GLASS BREAKING]

Skip to 2 minutes and 51 seconds TEAM MEMBER: (ON RADIO) Soft drink bottle. Hold on. There’s someone here. He has a gun. Put the gun– [GUNSHOTS]

Skip to 3 minutes and 2 seconds TEAM MEMBER: (ON RADIO) Suspect down. Richard Faust.

Skip to 3 minutes and 8 seconds Heading out the back now. There’s a trail of blood, like somethings been dragged. Test animals, Alex. A lot of dead ones.

Skip to 3 minutes and 22 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Let’s go get Hardy.

Pandemic chapter 4

Who should respond to intentional infectious disease threats? How do first responders prepare themselves for their response?

The risk of infection adds a whole level of additional complexity and danger to the emergency response.

In this Pandemic chapter, we see the police linking certain people to the vaccine expert, Antonia Hardy. Those people also either have backgrounds which can contribute to the development of an engineered virus or the secrecy surrounding that development. One of those people has a history of workplace behavioural problems that, combined with their knowledge and training, could have sent a danger signal that they could get involved in nefarious activities.

We also see evidence of some clandestine activity and the police decide to raid a property. They try to get some personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to infectious agents, but the mask provided by their management is clearly inadequate. The raid reveals a clandestine microbiology laboratory and evidence of criminal activity – someone or something is shot. Dead animals are also observed.

After watching this chapter of Pandemic, please discuss the following questions in the comments section below

  • What other behavioral signals might be a warning sign that someone could potentially be or become involved in bioterrorism?
  • What could the police have done to ensure their personal safety when entering a possible clandestine laboratory facility?

 

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