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Fight Against Superbugs Crucial to America’s Biodefense: Q & A with BARDA Director Rick Bright
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are not only a threat to public health in the United States, but also to national health security. The federal government has recognized that antibiotic-resistant pathogens complicate wound care, exacerbate casualties associated with both natural and manmade emergencies, and can be weaponized by our nation’s enemies. In this Q&A published by Pew, ASPR’s BARDA Director Rick Bright explains what is being done to reduce the emergence and spread of such superbugs both domestically and internationally, and accelerate the development of new drugs, diagnostic tests, and vaccines.