This should be taken as a lesson for the future. The rate of new pandemics may accelerate and we as a global civilization failed to react. Also, it shows how weak we are from misinformation campaigns.
"we" didn't fail to react. it's the individuals within & upholding power structures that prioritize $$$ over humanity (especially when it comes to those they've always deemed dispensable). they had and continue to have the finances and the resources to wrap this up. we, as a majority, don't. pointing fingers amongst ourselves or viewing it as a collective failing just lets them off the hook.
but, you're right, a lesson all the same!