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Antimicrobial resistance in the COVID-19 era What solutions for halting its spread?

Tuesday, 24 November 2020


Annukka Ojala
Deputy Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Commissioner Stella Kyriakides
Céline Pulcini
Coordinator of the French AMR National Action Plan, French Ministry for Solidarity and Health
Mary Lynne Van Poelgeest-Pomfret
President, World Federation of Incontinence and Pelvic Problems
Phil Thomson
President, Global Affairs, GSK
Tiemo Wölken
Member of the European Parliament


Simona Guagliardo
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing threat which, if not contained, can have disastrous consequences for people’s health. Each year, in the EU alone, it is responsible for an estimated 25,000 deaths and for around EUR 1.5 billion extra healthcare costs and productivity losses. It constitutes an alarming burden on health systems and could lead to severe impacts on societies and economies. The current COVID-19 crisis, which came as a shock to the system, is a reminder that society cannot afford to delay tackling this issue and that preventive measures, medical innovation and sound health policies are essential for ensuring a healthy population. While COVID-19 risks exacerbating antimicrobial resistance even more, the pandemic also gives fresh momentum to build a stronger awareness of the AMR threat and to implement measures against its spread.
On the last day of the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020, this Policy Dialogue will investigate concrete solutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance and explore how the different stakeholders can contribute to address this growing challenge. Speakers will discuss national and EU-level efforts to ensure that European citizens are protected against the danger of antimicrobial resistance


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