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IAEA support countries respond to corona outbreak

The International Atomic Energy Agency is doing everything it can to help member states in responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus, director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his introductory statement to the Vienna-based board of governors on 9 March.

Mr Grossi, in his first statement to the board since taking over as director-general in December, said the IAEA is not a specialised health agency and has no role in controlling the disease. “But we do have expertise and experience that help in detecting outbreaks of certain viral diseases and in diagnosing them,” he said.

“We have been in constant contact with the World Health Organisation and other key partners to assess the current level of knowledge about Covid-19, identify gaps and work to accelerate and fund priority research.”