Vaccine syringe

اللقاحات مقابل الجراثيم

لندن - إن انتشار فيروس زيكا، مثل الإيبولا قبله، قد سلط الضوء على الخطر الذي تشكله الأمراض المعدية على صحة بلدان بأكملها - وكذا أهمية اللقاحات لمكافحة الأوبئة التي تتحرك بسرعة. في الواقع، إن الجهود جارية بالفعل لإيجاد السبل لتحصين الناس ضد كلا الفيروسين.

لكن اللقاحات لها دور مهم أيضا في حمايتنا ضد تهديد فتاك وأكثر قابلية للتنبؤ: عدوى مقاومة العقاقير.

وعلى عكس الانتشار السريع والغير متوقع مثل تفشي وباء زيكا، فاٍن مقاومة مضادات الميكروبات تشبه حادث سيارة بطيئة الحركة والذي بدأ بالفعل. إن مسببات الأمراض المقاومة تؤدي إلى حوالي 700.00 حالة وفاة كل عام. فإذا فشلنا في اتخاذ الاحتياطات اللازمة، سيتم قتل نحو عشرة ملايين شخص سنويا بحلول عام 2050.

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