Pandemic Stalls Rollout of Country Plans

Progress against antimicrobial resistance has been slow, and COVID-19 has made things worse, according to a WHO/UN survey. 

Since the WHO pushed countries to create action plans to address resistance to antimicrobial drugs in 2015, 86% of responding countries have created plans but only 20% are monitoring them, CIDRAP reports

The slow response requires innovative new leadership with the “political clout of a G20, deep pockets of a global fund, brainpower of a space agency, campaigning zeal of an NGO,” argues global health scholar Mukesh Kapila in a World Microbial Awareness Week commentary in The Conversation.

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