Countries need to 'step up' their efforts against superbugs


Dr Haileyesus Getahun, a member of the inter-agency group, said that such a panel would provide the momentum for ongoing focus on the issue.

“One of the recommendations of the report is to look for an independent panel of experts to come together and analyse the evidence and look at what’s missing. In many areas – such as the impact of antibiotics on the environment – the evidence is inadequate,” he said.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome, said urgent action was needed in the fight against AMR.

 “Global leaders must turn warm words of support into tangible actions and carry this momentum forward to help us address this most urgent of global health challenges. We cannot afford to let this report sit on a shelf whilst more and more people around the world die from superbugs. I applaud the work of the IACG, but this is the start, not the end, of a process that has to happen now,” he said.  


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