More than ever, the public understands the value of medical research, of innovation and of life saving medicine.It is timely, then, that Oxford University has announced the largest scientific donation in the institution’s history in the form of £100m to support a brand-new research institute. While not focused on coronavirus, its work will be no less important and its life saving potential could be more profound than any vaccine for Covid-19 – this is understandably hard to imagine right now. At the start of 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) outlined what it considered to be the greatest public health threats for the next decade. Among these warnings was not only a global pandemic, but antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We are now experiencing both concurrently.

 

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