I don't really agree. People seem to forget that holding stores costs money, even more so if it has a use by date.The UK had been warned about this for years, much as the Government now bang on about "Following the Science" they did not listen to any of the scientists when they said we need to be prepared for this and stockpile x,y and z - they choose to ignore them and run stockpiles down!
Also this came at a time when our government were preparing stores for WTO Brexit, which was a more immediate threat.
The last few outbreaks of serious flu did not come to us (SARS, MERS, Swine), I think we had a total 8 cases of SARS in the UK. There was no real indication that this one was going to be any different, even WHO were saying it would be contained in China.... that is until Italy got hit, and then it was too late.
But are we fairing that badly compared to others in our region?