I can’t see anything convenient about the new variant, unless you happen to enjoy your own and everyone else’s lives and health being at risk from viral infection. Everything economic moves money to billionaires; that’s almost the definition of neoliberalism. It doesn’t matter what goes wrong, putting it right costs money, a proportion of which always flows to those who already have most, so the bigger the disaster, the more they make. That’s why it’s called “disaster capitalism”. Read the synopsis:
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism – Naomi Klein, 2007:
And yes, it’s already being called covid-20.