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While large sums are spent on finding a panacea for Covid-19, some global health experts fear that pandemic fuels latent antibiotic market crisis, points out my sister Jessica Davis Pluss.

Antibiotics do not work against viruses like Covid-19, but they are a line of defense against secondary bacterial infections, she underlines. It would not be a major concern if the antibiotic market had not been neglected for years.

Yet experts have drawn attention to the dangers threatening the antibiotic market for years. These drugs are among the oldest, but over the years abuse and improper use have allowed bacteria to develop resistance. It is therefore urgent to develop new antibiotics.

But then, several large pharmaceutical companies, including Novartis and Allergan, recently announced that they were abandoningthe search for new antibiotics and last year two start-ups specializing in this field went bankrupt.



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