If only the vaccine to SARS and MERS were mass-produced back then, COVID-19 would be less of a fearful threat to you than it is today.
No vaccine research gives results overnight. However, by the time the data is sufficient for the antiviral compound to be proven effective, the outbreak will be over already.
Death will already be taking a toll. Post outbreak, who would’ve been interested in purchasing the vaccine anymore?
Also, from a global point of view, the number of cases for SARS wasn’t sufficient for the pharmaceutical industry to call it a market. A profitable market, that is. The investors, hence, won’t be interested.
So it is no wonder that no public vaccine is available post-SARS outbreak. If only there’s any, it would have been very helpful in facing COVID-19 today.
As a result of unscrupulous, profit-gouging capitalism, people like you are being sacrificed.
By comparison, Islam put emphasis on future preparation beyond profit:
“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power.” (Quran 8:60)
Islam sets Taqwa (God-fearing) as a foundation for such preparation:
“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow, and fear Allah.” (Quran 59:18)
God-fearing — not once, but twice.
Allah as the Sovereign should always be the pivot of a blessed political-economic system. Not profit-based Capitalism.