It comes down to funding. The research centres and universities would have done studies on world wide pandemics etc and no doubt put their recommendations to the government, that doesn't cost anything because it's already funded. The government department involved would have probably sat round a table and looked at the data and said, right, in the event of a global pandemic we're gonna need 5 new hospitals with morgues, 100000 ventilators, 100000 intensive care beds, 50000 nurses and doctors, 500,000,000 masks, aprons, visors, gloves etc and we're gonna need all of that stuff in readiness just in case Or, we could just pray we don't have a pandemic. How do you think that meeting went?
One other thing. We see all these stats and all these graphs and forecasts, projections etc, which no doubt paint a terrifying scenario, so all of these models must have been worked on for years with a lot of time and effort (and money), but when it comes down to it, it's all useless data because the whole point of predicting something like this is so we are able to react to it, which we've obviously not done, or been able to, so in the end , it's pointless.