United Nations Nuclear Agency sends COVID-19 testing gears to 40 countries

The International Atomic Energy Agency, an autonomous wing of the United Nations has sent COVID-19 testing gears to around 40 countries.


The IAEA is known for its nuclear inspection works in countries such as Iran. It also helps countries to use nuclear technology for peaceful purpose. The organization had recently received requests from 90 countries for assistance with COVID-19 testing. The Nuclear Agency has sent its help to 40 of those requests


The first set of beneficiaries include Iran, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, Vietnam, Cuba, Thailand, Peru and Uruguay. They are receive testing gears of worth 4.37 million USD. The recipients from Asia include Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Philippines. Other countries are from Africa and Latin America.

About the kit

The kits sent by IAEA uses the RT-PCR technique. In this technique, the RNA of the virus is detected. RT-PCR is Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction. In this method, the respiratory samples obtained from sputum or from nasopharyngeal swabs are tested.


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