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[Comment] The drugs don’t work: WHO’s role in advancing new antibiotics

The increasing emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance is jeopardising the effectiveness of existing antibiotics.1 Since the golden age of antibiotic discovery in the 1950s and 1960s, few innovative antibiotics have been developed due to the scientific challenges and limited investment.2 Increasing antimicrobial resistance globally and inadequate development of new antibacterial treatments are threatening the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).