Antimicrobial Resistance May Cause 10m Deaths 2050 – Pfizer

Resistance to antimicrobial is expected to be responsible for 10 million deaths globally by the year 2050, pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer has predicted.

Pfizer therefore called on the government and other stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry to support innovation in the development of new antibiotics and vaccines that would help curb the spread of AMR.

The firm stated this in celebration of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which held globally in November.

According to a website, Antimicrobial resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. That means the germs are not killed and continue to grow.

Pfizer in a statement said AMR is one of the greatest global health risks trending today, saying tackling the global problem of antimicrobial resistance required that people around the world understood what the problem was and the cause.

It read, ‘‘That’s why this year, at Pfizer we encourage all individuals, societies, industries, governments, and NGOs to come together to Stop Superbugs and Help Protect Tomorrow.

‘‘AMR is widely recognised as one of the biggest threats to global health today, with the potential of affecting anyone, at any age, in any country. 1.27 million deaths per year are directly attributable and almost 5 million deaths per year are associated with AMR. Without action by governments, industries, and societies, AMR is expected to cause 10 million deaths globally each year by 2050.

‘‘Governments, industries, and the public health communities must work together to take action and support measures to enable continued innovation in the development of new antibiotics and vaccines and help curb the spread of AMR. At Pfizer, we strive to maximise the progress and overcome the unique scientific, economic, public health, and environmental challenges presented by AMR by leveraging our expertise and capabilities to share solutions with our healthcare partners around the world.”

Source: Punch

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