AMR, the increasing resistance of microbes to existing antibiotics, is a slow and silent threat. It has been a looming global challenge to healthcare over the long history of humanity’s fight against infectious disease. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, AMR had risen as a principal barrier to healthy aging, as it threatens to reverse the 20th-century progress in science, medicine and sanitation that has led to 21st-century longevity. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, attention to the threat of AMR has grown. If left unaddressed, AMR threatens the health and endurance of the world’s first super-aging society.
The Global Coalition on Aging proposes four actions governments can take to support innovation in AMR and support sustainable healthy and active aging.