Last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron asked economist Jim O’Neill to lead a review into antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which will propose global solutions to tackle this problem.
Writing in The Times, Jim warns that “public ignorance about the worldwide danger of superbugs could cost millions of lives.” Ahead of the final report, which is due in the Spring of 2016, Jim outlines ten things that need to be done:
- Embark on a massive global PR exercise
- Wash our hands more
- Stop using antibiotics for animal growth promoters
- Explore the scope for using vaccines
- Dramatically improve the surveillance of resistance
- State-of-the-art diagnostics
- Improve the numbers and pay of those studying AMR
- A global innovation fund
- A priority for China’s G20 leadership
- Let’s have some big new drugs
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