Vaccine syringe

Impfstoffe gegen Superbugs

LONDON – Der Ausbruch des Zika-Virus hat wie Ebola davor wieder einmal gezeigt, wie gefährlich Infektionskrankheiten für die Gesundheit ganzer Länder sein können - und wie wichtig es ist, mit Impfungen gegen Epidemien zu kämpfen, die sich rasant ausbreiten. Es gibt tatsächlich bereits Bemühungen, Schutzimpfungen gegen beide Viren durchzuführen.

Aber Impfungen spielen auch eine wichtige Rolle beim Schutz gegen eine viel tödlichere und vorhersehbare Gefahr: arzneimittelesistente Erreger.

Im Gegensatz zu den unvermittelt auftretenden und sich schnell verbreitenden Ausbrüchen wie der Zika-Epidemie ist die Antibiotikaresistenz wie ein Autounfall in Zeitlupe, der schon begonnen hat. Resistente Pathogene verursachen ungefähr 700.000 Todesfälle pro Jahr. Wenn wir die notwendigen Vorsichtsmaßnahmen nicht treffen, werden sie bis 2050 zehn Millionen Menschen töten.

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