ECDC/EMEA Joint Technical Report: The bacterial challenge: time to react
There is a gap between the burden of infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria and the development of new antibiotics to tackle the problem. This report gives an account of facts and figures that would allow reasonable predictions of the extent of this gap in the coming years and calls for a European and global strategy to address the problem urgently.One of the conclusions of the report is that there is a particular lack of new antibiotics with new targets or mechanisms of action against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Only two such agents with new or possibly new targets and documented activity were identified, both in early phases of development
Fourth external quality assessment on species identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Campylobacter, 2018
26 Oct 2020 - This report presents the results of the fourth round of the EQA on antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for national public health laboratories for Campylobacter (Campylobacter EQA4-AST) within the Food‐ and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net). The objectives of this EQA4-AST were to determine the accuracy of quantitative AST results reported by participants; to identify common laboratory problems related to the guidance in the EU protocol, and to assess the overall comparability of routinely collected AST data from national public health reference laboratories across Europe.
Key aspects regarding the introduction and prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccination in the EU/EEA and the UK
26 Oct 2020 - This document provides an overview of the key aspects related to the initial phases following the introduction of one or more COVID-19 vaccines in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK). The aim is to support but not define EU policy on COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures for primary care, including general practitioner practices, dental clinics and pharmacy settings: first update
19 Oct 2020 - This document provides guidance on infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to healthcare providers in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK) in order to prevent COVID-19 infection.