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On the 18th of November, healthcare professionals and others around Europe raised awareness about the prudent use of antibiotics during the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD). Join EAHP and others by showing how you keep antibiotics working in times of COVID-19.
EAAD is a European health initiative coordinated by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). It provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics in the EU/EEA and takes place each year across Europe on the 18th of November. EAAD coincides also with the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) that is organised this year between the 18th and the 24th of November.
This year’s EAAD focused on the theme: ‘In times of COVID-19, don’t forget about antimicrobial resistance. Stay united to preserve antimicrobials.’ Healthcare professionals around Europe were encouraged to produce social media content around prudent use of antibiotics that include the following hashtags: #EAAD, #AntibioticResistance, #Antibiotics & #KeepAntibioticsWorking. A global Twitter storm was scheduled for the 18th of November at 17.00 CET.
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