Dr. Susan Rogers Van Katwyk’s latest commentary emphasizes the criticality of addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the WHO’s Pandemic Instrument. Urgent measures to conserve antimicrobial effectiveness are imperative for pandemic preparedness.
A recent Global Strategy Lab study assessed COVID-19 border closures from three years ago. Extreme shutdowns briefly slowed transmission, while targeted closures had little impact. Some targeted closures may now be considered illegal under international law, according to the lead author. Border closures should be a last resort, with global coordination by the World Health Organization for optimal effectiveness.