Drug-Resistant Diseases May Create Pandemics

Bacteria, viruses, and parasites are growing ever more resistant to the drugs that have been developed to combat them. In fact, this resistance—known as antimicrobial resistance—has surged into a public health nightmare around the world. Annually, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant diseases, and that number is expected to increase to 10 million deaths per year by 2050 if nothing is done. At present, the incentives to get something done are so misaligned it's a frightening possibility.

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