BEAM Alliance urges G20 support to fight deadly superbugs
[6th July, 2017] Traditionally, G20 summits focus on global economics. But over the next two days, world political leaders gathering in Hamburg will speak about a growing global health threat as well – antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The rapid growth of multidrug-resistant bacteria, known as superbugs, has become a very hot topic, driving an urgent need for new antibiotics. And it has become an economic topic as well: “If nothing is done to thwart the progression of anti-microbial resistance, it will equate to a potential global economic burden of up to 100 trillion US dollars by 2050,” Florence Séjourné, president of the BEAM Alliance stated, citing estimates from the 2016 O`Neill-report.