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Antimicrobial resistance programme in the making

The Swedish government has told the Swedish Research Council to establish a 10-year national research programme on antimicrobial resistance.

The programme would fund research into new antibiotics and increase knowledge of how antimicrobial resistance can be tackled, the government said in a statement on 18 May. The programme will get 25 million Swedish kronor (€2.6m) of funding, which will bring public spending on antimicrobial resistance research to kr100m a year by 2020, the government said.

Research will cover drug development, diagnostics and healthcare-associated infections. The project will also include the development of a strategic research agenda to avoid overlaps between new and existing projects.

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