Originally posted by @apathist
Am I wrong for thinking that new antibiotics will produce new resistant bacteria?
But it will buy us some more precious time to develop alternatives to antibiotics before too many dangerous bacteria develop resistance to all of the antibiotics.
These alternatives include better vaccines and also phage therapy, which for reasons not clear to me (although the link below explains some of them under 'Obstacles' ), is currently massively underexploited and insufficiently researched despite the evidence for its massive potential.
"Bacteriophages are much more specific than antibiotics. They are typically harmless not only to the host organism, but also to other beneficial bacteria, such as the gut flora, reducing the chances of opportunistic infections.[... phage therapy would be expected to give rise to few side effects.
Bacteriophage treatment offers a possible alternative to conventional antibiotic treatments for bacterial infection. It is conceivable that, although bacteria can develop resistance to phage, the resistance might be easier to overcome than resistance to antibiotics. Just as bacteria can evolve resistance, viruses can evolve to overcome resistance"