Fri, 08 Dec 2023

WASHINGTON D.C.: The White House said that U.S. President Joe Biden would announce a US$100 million research drive against deadly drug-resistant bacteria this week.

Biden plans to announce this during a meeting in San Francisco with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that due to infections resulting from bacteria resistant to antibiotics, more than a million people worldwide lose their lives each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said this number in the U.S. is more than 35,000 annually.

As more people with COVID-19 were hospitalized and treated with antibiotics and exposed to infection, the issue of drug-resistant bacteria has become more serious.

The rise of antimicrobial-resistant microbes caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages microorganisms to evolve into "superbugs," has been highlighted by health officials around the world.

However, drugmakers have little incentive to develop new antibiotics, as they are not profitable, and overuse is discouraged, keeping sales and profits low.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a government research agency launched by Biden and Congress in 2022, will manage the research.

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