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WHO priority pathogens

Definition:

A list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria assessed to be of highest priority for new antibiotic development.

The global priority pathogens list (global PPL), published in 2017, was developed by an expert group convened by the World Health Organization and took into account a range of criteria such as global disease burden. The list, which includes 12 groups of pathogens in three priority categories (critical, high, medium), provides a framework for prioritizing global research and development (R&D).