Drug-resistant infections: the clock is ticking

This week marks a year since the publication of the International Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, a review led by Lord Jim O’Neill and supported by Wellcome and the UK Department of Health.

New baby born by caesarean.

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Newborn baby in Venezuela. Without antibiotics, we could see an end to routine operations such as caesareans.

It set out a plan for governments to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant infections.

Writing in The Guardian today, Ed Whiting, Wellcome’s Head of Policy and Chief of Staff, looks at what has happened since the review's publication and explains why without action on antibiotics, medicine will return to the dark ages.

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