More research funding needed to avoid drug-resistant pandemic, warns report


Sumary of More research funding needed to avoid drug-resistant pandemic, warns report:

  • Small drugmakers and biotech firms that are developing the bulk of new antibiotics need far more financial support, according to a new report, which warned that without these life-saving medicines there could be a pandemic of drug-resistant infections, worse than Covid-19..
  • Big pharma is also involved in the $1bn AMR Action Fund, a collaboration with the WHO, European Investment Bank and Wellcome Trust, which was launched last July to support clinical-stage antibiotic research and aims to bring two to four new antibiotics to market by 2030..
  • To support such projects, Iyer called for subscription-based models, such as the UK – where governments make regular payments in return for on-demand supply of effective antibiotics – as well as international partnerships with bigger firms…

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