WHO's list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed

WHO published on February 27th for the 1st time a list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens", which includes 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics: critical, high and medium priority.

The purpose of the list is to encourage governments to implement policies to incentivize basic science and advanced R&D by both publicly funded agencies and the private sector investing in new antibiotic discovery.

Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant, vancomycin-intermediate and resistant is considered as a "High priority". Tuberculosis was not included in the list because it is targeted by other, dedicated programmes.

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