According to a press release issued by Pakistan’s international office, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is supplying Pakistan with a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) system, biohazard safety cabinets, test kits and related consumables to help counter the novel coronavirus by using a nuclear inspired technique.
The press release stated that “the provision of this equipment will augment Pakistan’s national capacity to conduct COVID-19 tests which are crucial in containing the spread of the disease.”
The Pakistan Embassy in Vienna is arranging the early shipment of the equipment into Pakistan with the IAEA.
“Pakistan deeply supports the IAEA’s commitment and leadership to support member states in their efforts to counter the global COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognize the generous contributions of Member States of the IAEA that have helped the Organization to improve countries’ scientific and technical capabilities in the fight against this global crisis,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said at a press briefing.
“Pakistan has a longstanding relationship with the IAEA. As a founding member of the Agency, Pakistan has continued to benefit from its technical assistance in various fields including health, agriculture and energy while also contributing to Agency’s work in promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technologies,” she added.