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10 facts on antimicrobial resistance

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The pipeline for new tools to combat drug resistance is drying up.

Existing antimicrobials are losing their effect. At the same time there is a decline in the development of new antimicrobials. Similarly, there is insufficient new research into new diagnostics to detect resistant microorganisms; and vaccines for preventing and controlling infections. If this trend continues, the arsenals of tools to combat resistant microorganism will soon be depleted.

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