November 18 is European Antibiotics Awareness Day, which will be followed by a week-long series of activities taking place across more than 40 countries. The initiative, now in its seventh year, aims to promote the prudent use of antibiotics, and this year activities are being conducted under the banner of “Everyone is Responsible.”
As part of the event, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is co-coordinating a 24-hour global Twitter conversation around the world, hosted jointly by participating organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, and with the participation of the World Health Organization.
Human and veterinary response
Alejandro Bernal, chairman of veterinary medicines industry association IFAH-Europe, commenting on the initiative, said: “We believe antibiotics are a precious resource both for animals and people. By using them responsibly today, we will work to help protect their efficacy tomorrow.
“Responsible veterinarians and farmer have a duty to protect the health and welfare of animals, but they need support. This is why we are working with them to ensure that they use antibiotics as little as possible but as much as necessary.”