The second live webinar in the JPIAMR webinar series on AMR in a post-pandemic world, Facilitating AMR research in the COVID-19 pandemic, was held on the 25th of June.
The webinar panel was 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).
The key takeaways from the webinar are:
- 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:
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