Why the world needs to start getting serious about its use of antibiotics

A recent report showed that 10 million people around the world could die every year in 2050 because many diseases are growing increasingly resistant to the drugs we use to treat them.

This chart from Statista, using predictions from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, shows the alarming comparison of people who could die from treatable diseases compared to other causes of death if new drugs are not developed.

The Independent'sOliver Wright, who first covered the story, writes that the report calls for incentives for drug companies to develop “last resort” treatments and for controls on the use of drugs to minimise resistance.

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