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[Comment] UN High-Level Meeting on antimicrobials—what do we need?

Global access to effective antimicrobials is under threat.1 Over 700 000 deaths worldwide, including 214 000 neonatal sepsis deaths, are attributable to resistant bacterial pathogens each year.2,3 Currently, insufficient access and delays in access to antibiotics cause more deaths than antibiotic resistance, but more resistance-related deaths are being reported in all countries irrespective of income level.3 The key is to promote universal provision of antimicrobials while ensuring continued effectiveness.

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