IAEA Project to Help Countries Tackle COVID-19 Draws €22 Million in Funding.

An initiative by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help some 120 countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic has received strong extrabudgetary backing from Member States, with voluntary pledges so far totalling around € 22 million, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.

The funds will enable the IAEA to assist hundreds of laboratories around the world in the use of a nuclear-derived testing technique called real time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (real time RT-PCR). The method is currently the fastest and most accurate to detect the virus causing COVID-19.

Funding agencies: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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Published: 2020-05-12

Sectors: Health, Services