March 18 (EIRNS)—Responding to requests from 14 nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing test kits using a nuclear-derived technology for diagnostic purposes to identify the novel coronavirus.
The technique uses ionizing radiation to provide data on the DNA make-up of a pathogen, and its characteristics. The technique can identify the virus in a matter of hours. In addition to sending the diagnostic kits and other material, the IAEA is carrying out two-week training courses for medical professionals from developing countries. The countries participating in the first training class in “detection techniques” are: Cambodia, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
There will be training classes for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.