Pakistan to begin use of nuclear-derived technology for testing and detection of COVID-19

IAEA will provide the country with a Polymerase Chain Reaction PCR machine, test kits, bio-hazard safety cabinets, and consumer goods, that will help fight the virus.

Pakistan has come up with nuclear-derived COVID-19 testing and detecting technique and will soon begin using it. During a press briefing, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide the necessary equipment for the new testing mechanism.

IAEA will provide the country with a Polymerase Chain Reaction PCR machine, test kits, bio-hazard safety cabinets, and consumer goods, that would help fight the virus.

The spokesperson for Foreign Office Aisha Farooqui said the embassy of Pakistan in Vienna was in contact with IAEA for an early shipment. The equipment will expand Pakistan’s capacity to conduct the tests, which are important for containing the spread of the virus.

‘’We acknowledge the generous contribution of IAEA member states to help boost scientific and technical capacities of other countries in fighting this global crisis’’, Farooqui said.

She added that Pakistan’s relationship with IAEA was an old one. As its founding member, it would continue to benefit from its technical assistance from various fields like energy, agriculture, and health. Pakistan will also contribute to the agency’s work of promoting the positive use of nuclear technology.

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