WHO / COVID-19 ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

20-Nov-2020 00:04:40
The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) today launched the new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
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DATELINE: 20 NOVEBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, press room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past 4 weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic. Across Europe and North America, hospitals and ICU units are filling up or full. This week there has been more good news from vaccine trials, which continues to give us hope of ending the pandemic. At the same time, we must continue to use the tools we have to interrupt the chains of transmission and save lives now."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Janet Diaz, Head of Clinical Care, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"The Solidarity (Trial) results are available in pre-print and those are publicly available, and that provided some of the largest evidence source for the guideline that we published and the recommendation we made today. That is currently under peer review in a journal and from what I know, will be available shortly."
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6.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan EXD, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"That process at the end, in terms of the raw data and the tables, that is a very careful process that each trial has to go through. And that is WHO operating according to the best practices with all of the external oversight, the internal oversight and the mechanisms to ensure that those final data sets are absolutely correct and reflect exactly what happened in the trials."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan EXD, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"This isn't the battle of the scientific publications. It's not a battle of drugs. It's not a battle between drug companies. This is about getting the best possible information into the clinical teams who save lives on wards and giving them the best possible chance of helping people."
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the intimate relationship between humans, animals and the planet we share. We cannot protect and promote human health without paying attention to the health of animals and the health of our environment. That’s nowhere more true than in the case of antimicrobial resistance – one of the greatest health threats of our time."
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"Antimicrobial resistance may not seem as urgent as a pandemic, but it is just as dangerous. It threatens to unwind a century of medical progress and leave us defenseless against infections that today can be treated easily. Although antibiotics are a key focus, antimicrobial resistance also includes resistance to medicines for HIV, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and more."
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14. SOUNDBITE (English) Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization:
"During the COVID-19 crisis, we must not forget that AMR is a slow motion pandemic with significant long-term threats to global public health and food security, which need multi stakeholder engagement. If AMR is left unchecked,
the next pandemic we face could be bacterial and much deadlier if the drugs needed to treat it the do not work.”
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15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Monique Eliot, Director-General of the World Organisation for Animal Health:
"As you know, while we are all experiencing the global crisis due to COVID-19 severely impacting our life and altering the livelihoods of millions of families,
we also must remain vigilant to other looming global health threats just like antimicrobial resistance. The good news, because we have a good news, is that we know how to tackle antimicrobial resistance to avoid this issue becoming the next global crisis. But we need to act quickly together and act now.”
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17. SOUNDBITE (English) Prof Hanan Balkhy, Assistant Director-General, Antimicrobial Resistance:
"There is evidence that the misuse of antimicrobials is being aggravated definitely by COVID, which was not a surprise to us because the misuse of antibiotics in any viral infection has already been a very long term issue that we've been struggling with. And we've been trying to advocate for not using antimicrobials for viral illness. Specifically, with respiratory diseases where the majority of infections are caused by viruses."
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STORYLINE
The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) today launched the new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance.

"Antimicrobial resistance may not seem as urgent as a pandemic, but it is just as dangerous. It threatens to unwind a century of medical progress and leave us defenseless against infections that today can be treated easily,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO.

Group members include heads of state, government ministers, leaders from private sector and civil society. The group is co-chaired by Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, and Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

The group will harness the leadership and influence of these world-renowned figures to catalyze global attention and action to preserve antimicrobial medicines and avert the disastrous consequences of antimicrobial resistance.

The Tripartite organizations launched the group during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 November), as part of their shared call for united action to preserve and protect antimicrobial medicines. The group was created in response to a recommendation from the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and supported by the Secretary-General of the United Nations .

Antimicrobial resistance is making many infections harder to treat worldwide. WHO’s latest reporting shows that the world is running out of effective treatments for several common infections.

Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in humans, animals and agriculture are the main drivers of antimicrobial resistance. Resistant micro-organisms can spread between humans, animals or the environment and the antimicrobial medicines used to treat various infectious diseases in animals and humans can be the same.

It will elevate the need to prioritize best practices to address antimicrobial resistance at global, regional, and national levels. And it will advise and advocate for the development and implementation of polices and legislation to govern the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of quality antimicrobial drugs across all sectors.

Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance was convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after the UN High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in 2017 following the request of the 2016 Political Declaration of the High Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance contained in resolution A/RES/71/3. The IACG brought together partners across the UN, international organizations and individuals with expertise across human, animal and plant health, as well as the food, animal feed, trade, development and environment sectors, to formulate a blueprint for the fight against antimicrobial resistance. The Secretariat for the IACG was provided by WHO, with contributions from FAO and OIE. The IACG completed its mandate on 29 April 2019 upon the handover of its report to the UN Secretary-General.
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