How is it a failure of scientists when the media reporting them doesn't communicate the results properly? If anything, it's our failure as the people consuming the media. We've lost the ability to form our own informed opinion, which leads back to the media and their disinformation (whether politically or financially motivated), not the scientists.
The WHO has, from the very beginning, expressed the unprecedented danger Covid-19 presents. The media were too busy trying to create conspiracy theories. People couldn't differentiate and continued their social kissing greetings, rave parties, political rallies, masses, tablighs, and now we're in this mess.
that's why i say this is a net failure. Scientists must buck up their game to win over the media. If science cannot help humanity, then science is useless