"Curing AIDS? Shit, that’s like Cadillac making a car that lasts for 50 years. And you know they can do it, but they ain’t going to do nothing that fucking dumb. Shit, they got metal on the Space Shuttle that can go around the Moon and withstand temperatures of up to 20,000 degrees, you mean to tell me you don’t think they can make an El Dorado with a fuckin’ bumper that don’t fall off?"
- Chris Rock (“Bigger and Blacker”, 1999)
Yeah, just how there wasn’t any money in cures for polio, smallpox, etc. so we never cured or eradicated them.
Even if money was the main objective here, wouldn’t you want your pharmaceutical company to beat the others to the cure? You could not only claim that you cured one of the worst viruses to ever plague humankind, but you could put them out of business in the process.
But there are no illuminati or black helicopters in this scenario, so forget I said anything.