Risk talk on antibiotic resistance
Superbugs are on the march! How can we combat antibiotic resistance?
In 2014, Lord O’Neill published a review commissioned by the UK government predicting that by 2050, 10 million people around the world will die every year due to superbug infections.
The term "superbug" refers to bacteria, which are resistant to antibiotics. The achievements of modern medicine to fight these killers is not possible without access to effective antibiotics. As the efficacy of existing drugs declines, the superbugs appear to be winning more and more battles, with previously curable infections becoming untreatable. A combination of factors, including declining pharmaceutical investment and government funding, means that the pipeline for new antibiotics is almost dry.
Are we entering a 'post-antibiotic' era of increasing number of deaths and incapacitating illness caused by epidemics and pandemics that reverse the medical breakthroughs of the last centuries?
Thanks for joining us at the Swiss Re Institute's Centre for Global Dialogue for a public Risk Task led by a panel international experts to discuss what should be done to battle antibiotic resistance.