JPIAMR is organising a series of webinars to highlight and clarify the importance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and future viral pandemics.
The speakers in this session will discuss what we need to do now to best support and faciliate AMR research in the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions that will be discussed include:
- What data do we need to be collecting now to enable scientific studies on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on AMR?
- What is the optimal way to store biospecimens and data so support research to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on AMR?
- How can we best ensure sharing of data and samples?
- Who is collecting data and how will it best be used for future studies?
- Have we continued surveillance activities during COVID-19?
- Can we measure the impact of COVID-19 on AMR prevalence at the national/EU/LMIC and global levels?
The webinar panel is moderated by Till Bachmann (UK), with the panellists Herman Goossens (BE), Rafael Canton (ES), Adam Roberts (UK), Birgitta Henriques Normark (SE), Neil Clancy (US), George Haringhuizen (NL) and Benedikt Huttner (WHO).
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- Disruption of research and surveillance of AMR in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- There are many knowledge gaps in the current pandemic scenario, such as:
- Data on bacterial and fungal co-infections and superinfections, including AMR patterns.
- Understanding of the impact of clinical antibiotic use on community and environmental spread of AMR.
- Understanding of the cause of death from autopsy studies: to recognise whether patients die ‘of’ or ‘with’ bacterial infections.
- Community use of antibiotics have decreased dramatically during the pandemic.
- Rapid diagnostics needed before onset of influenza season.
- Urgent need of prioritised sample collection through biobanks.
A video recording of the full webinar is now available: Facilitating AMR research in the COVID-19 pandemic
Other seminars in this series: Antibiotic Use: Have antibiotics been appropriately used in the COVID-19 pandemic?
More information on the webinar series AMR research in a post pandemic world