Today's situation is definitely different than others that have occurred over the centuries. I'm not aware of any other time when there were means for such rapid communication of information and rapid spread of disease due to both travel and population density. You have the rapid spread of disease and the even more rapid spread of information, and conjecture and misinformation, about it. Then you add the extreme political pressure to do something, anything, about the problem, and the threat that if you don't do something that you will be judged that you are contributing to the problem rather than to its solution. This judgement occurs by factions within any particular country, and between countries. That attitude is made more of a problem because of societal issues. It's kind of like education. Back a few decades ago, it was more common for parents, and students themselves, to take a more active role in their education, and take responsibility for the student's success or failure. Now, it seems it's more likely that both the students and their parents try to put all of the blame on the teachers and the school for any failures that occur. It's always someone else's fault. Then on top of that, add in the situation with media today. Often it seems that newscasters are more concerned about being the story rather than reporting it. Add in the vast proliferation of folks trying to either make a living or just get their 15 minutes of fame by being on TV, radio, print, blogging, etc. and here we are. It's good that we're not just being force fed one "truth," but with the vast amount of noise out there, you can always find whatever "truth" you want to believe. "Don't confuse me with facts! President, (or pastor, or teacher, or second cousin, or 'Joe Blow' on the internet) said ______, so that must be the truth!"
As a result of all of that, it is definitely true that the COVID vaccine was forced out faster than any vaccine ever has before. Yes, global politics forced that to happen. But don't put ALL of the blame on the politicians of any particular country. The "public" [including the media] wouldn't let there be any other result. Of course each country wanted to have the first vaccine released, for bragging rights, financial gain, political advantage, and career advantage for individuals involved no matter how peripherally, including the politicians. Also, of course, that same public and media will vilify everyone involved if those vaccines end up having any problems, without either the public or media taking any responsibility for the situation. "It's not our fault, it's 'THEM'!"
We have lost all patience as a species, we can't wait, we want it all NOW. At least that seems true for the more "advanced" sections of society. The third world is still willing to wait, but their sometimes wiser approach is not the one that is heard through the media.