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Denmark hopeful of antibiotics centre backing

European leaders have warmly welcomed plans to set up an international research centre in Copenhagen to study antibiotic resistance, according to the Danish government.

Denmark’s minister for the environment and food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, presented the initiative to the European Commission and other European leaders on 28 January. “The reactions were very positive,” Ellemann-Jensen said after the meeting in Brussels. “There was widespread interest in this centre. But of course we need to learn more about where the money should come from.”

The centre already has the backing of the World Bank, but Ellemann-Jensen said in a statement sent out before the meeting that more partners would be needed.

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