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召唤抗生武器

雅加达—12月,我报告了由我担任主席的耐药性评估(Review on Antimicrobial Resistance)的第一批发现。这不是好消息:耐药性传染病每年都要造成700,000多人死亡。除非采取行动,否则到2050年,耐药性每年都要杀死1,000万人——比目前死于癌症的人数还要多。抗药性还会造成累计至少100万亿美元的损失,相当于今天全球GDP的1.5倍以上。

对于这一危险,我们做得远远不够。世界紧迫地需要新药代替日益失效的抗生素、抗疟疾药物、抗逆转录的艾滋病药物和结核病治疗方法。但我们并没有在投资和研发方面投入足够的资金。关键在于我们能找到新资金源支持学术研究者和小公司,他们的发现将为未来药物打下基础。

因此,我呼吁国际出资人——慈善组织和政府等——于耐药性评估合作成立一个新基金支持这一重要领域的研发。该基金将补助异想天开的科学,充当非盈利性的发现孵化器。在未来几个月中,耐药性评估将制定如何有效运营这一基金的细则。

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