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Pandemic chapter 4

Pandemic chapter 4
13.4
[SIRENS]
17.8
COWORKER: Let’s hope it’s not a virus.
25.2
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Right.
31.6
Oh, wow. Oh. All right. Get this printed.
40.5
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.
55.6
ALEX PAPOULIAS: What, she just carries him with her?
56.7
LUCY: Like a handbag.
57.9
ALEX PAPOULIAS: And this is Hardy?
59.3
LUCY: Mm-hmm.
62.4
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Oh, wow. OK. [KNOCKING ON DOOR]
66.4
JIM BROWN: Let me call you back. I hope you know more than last time, Alex.
70.6
ALEX PAPOULIAS: I’ve spoken with Judge Turner to arrange a warrant. I’m assembling a small team to bring Antonia Hardy in.
76
JIM BROWN: She’s one of the few people working on a vaccine.
77.5
ALEX PAPOULIAS: I believe she’s already developed it. I spoke with an ex-employee of hers–
81.3
JIM BROWN: Always reliable.
81.8
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.
97.3
JIM BROWN: And Turner just gave you the warrant?
99.3
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Well, no. I was hoping that you would vouch for me. Just twist her arm?
103.9
JIM BROWN: Vouch for you against Hardy, the head of medical continental research?
105.4
ALEX PAPOULIAS: I need to send a unit to the address. Just as reconnaissance.
113.2
JIM BROWN: If you’re wrong, Alex–
114.7
ALEX PAPOULIAS: I’m not wrong.
118.1
LUCY: You got a warrant?
119.4
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Getting. Is the unit prepped and ready?
121.7
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.
125.6
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Well, what have they got?
129.6
Oh– have you seen Mara around? She said she’s gonna–
132.3
LUCY: She tried calling earlier. She’s going to try your mobile. She’s sick.
139.9
Okay– the team are about to reach the destination. Did you want to listen in? Alex?
150
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]
161.4
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]
171.3
TEAM MEMBER: (ON RADIO) Soft drink bottle. Hold on. There’s someone here. He has a gun. Put the gun– [GUNSHOTS]
181.5
TEAM MEMBER: (ON RADIO) Suspect down. Richard Faust.
187.9
Heading out the back now. There’s a trail of blood, like somethings been dragged. Test animals, Alex. A lot of dead ones.
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ALEX PAPOULIAS: Let’s go get Hardy.
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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