As Antibiotics Fail, We Need More Vaccines
The global problem of antibiotic misuse that allows bacteria to become resistant can be solved in part by more use—not of antibiotics, but of vaccines and other compounds, which could reduce the occurrence of diseases that antibiotics are otherwise used to treat.
That is the latest piece of analysis of the worldwide resistance problem from the Review on AMR, the British project that is conducting a two-year examination of antibiotic resistance at the request of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The group, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust, is closing in on its deadline of May 2016 for presenting comprehensive recommendations to ameliorate resistance. On the way, it has examined reducing agricultural use of antibiotics, funding drug development,