SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

World Health Assembly discusses antimicrobial resistance, immunization gaps

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Attendees at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday discussed the best solutions for antimicrobial resistance and lack of accessibility to affordable vaccines.

Delegates from more than 60 member states supported a global action plan that seeks to solve antimicrobial resistance, which includes antibiotic resistance. Health professionals agree that this is the most urgent trend that must be solved to promote global health.

The plan outlines five objectives: strengthen surveillance and research, improve understanding and awareness of antimicrobial resistance, optimize antimicrobial medicine use, decrease the occurrence of infections, and ensure sustainable investments in fighting antimicrobial resistance.

Concerning immunization, the delegates agreed on a resolution that will improve the accessibility of affordable vaccines and supplies. The rising cost of vaccines places many low- and middle-income countries at risk, as these populations cannot afford expensive vaccines. 

The new resolution urges the World Health Organization (WHO) and member states to improve the transparency of vaccine pricing as well as encourage pooling procurements of vaccines. The resolution requires that the WHO Secretariat report any barriers that may compromise competition among companies and may guarantee reduced prices for new vaccines.

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