Pakistan will use a nuclear-derived COVID-19 testing and detection technique soon and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide equipment for this.
Foreign Office of Pakistan, during a press briefing, said that IAEA is set to provide Pakistan the equipment for testing of COVID-19 through use of nuclear-derived technique, the Foreign Office said on Friday.
“IAEA will provide Pakistan a Polymerase Chain Reaction PCR machine, bio-hazard safety cabinets, test kits and related consumer goods to help fight the novel coronavirus through the nuclear derived technique,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said here at a press briefing.
Spokesperson Farooqui said the embassy of Pakistan in Vienna was coordinating with IAEA for an early shipment.
She said the provision of equipment would augment Pakistan’s national capacity to conduct COVID-19 tests, which was crucial in containing the spread of the disease.
“Pakistan deeply values the contribution of IAEA and its leadership for helping the members states in their efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic,” she added.
“We also acknowledge the generous contribution of the IAEA member states to boost scientific and technical capacities of other countries in combating this global crisis,” she said
The FO spokesperson said Pakistan had a longstanding relationship with IAEA and as its founding member, would continue to benefit from its technical assistance from various fields including health, agriculture and energy besides contributing to Agency’s work of promoting peaceful use of nuclear technology.