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An initiative to strengthen global preparedness for future pandemics like COVID-19 has been launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The project, called ZODIAC, builds on the IAEA's experience in assisting countries in the use of nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for the rapid detection of pathogens that cause transboundary animal diseases, including ones that spread to humans.

Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-project-to-bolster-preparedness-for-pandemics

Aim is to give states access to nuclear or nuclear-derived techniques IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi. Image courtesy IAEA/D. Calma. The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a project to establish a global network of diagnostic laboratories that can conduct monitoring, surveillance, early detection and control of emerging and reemerging zoonotic diseases such as the Covid-19 coronavirus using nuclear or nuclear-derived techniques. 

The agency’s director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, told a virtual board of governors meeting on Monday that the Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action (Zodiac) project will give member states access to equipment, technology packages, expertise, guidance and training.

The aim is to make the world better prepared for future outbreaks. Mr Grossi said Covid-19 had exposed problems related to virus detection capabilities in many countries, as well as a need for better communication between health institutions around the world.

Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-launches-zodiac-project-to-establish-global-laboratory-network-6-1-2020

A ceremony was held today to mark the official opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory building, named after former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, at the agency's Seibersdorf site outside Vienna, Austria. The new facility will increase the IAEA's capacity to assist countries in fighting and preventing transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, and to tackle challenges related to climate change and food safety.

Date: Saturday, 06 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-opens-Yukiya-Amano-Laboratories

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA's response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-dispatches-COVID-19-detection-equipment

A nuclear technique has successfully reduced the tsetse fly population in Senegal without harming other insects, an eight-year study has found. The study was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), together with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation. The sterile insect technique (SIT) is an insect birth control method that uses radiation to sterilise male flies.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Radiation-used-to-control-tsetse-fly-numbers-in-Se

Nuclear energy is a mature and proven low-carbon source of electricity, with a 60-year track record of providing reliable and safe operation. Further innovation and technological development will enable even wider applications aimed at deep decarbonisation of economies around the world and supporting sustainable development. This was the message of King Lee, director of the Harmony Programme at World Nuclear Association, to delegates at the UN side event for Sustainable Development Goal 9, held today at COP25 in Madrid.

Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-energy-innovation-for-clean-growth

Thanks to receipt of additional funding, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Flexible Modular Laboratory (FML), currently under construction, remains on track to be completed by the end of 2018. It will comprise three laboratories dealing with animal production and health, food safety, soil and water management and crop nutrition.

Date: Wednesday, 04 October 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-achieves-funding-target-for-new-laboratory-building-5940332

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun building a new laboratory that will enable it to help countries to use nuclear techniques to control insect pests, including mosquitoes. The construction is part of the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories project (ReNuAL), which aims to upgrade the eight IAEA Nuclear Sciences and Applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, which began operating in 1962. “ReNuAL is one of the most important projects in the Agency’s 60-year history,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. “The laboratories are unique within the United Nations system in providing member states with direct access to scientific training, technology and analytical services. More than 150 of our member states benefit from them.” He added that modernisation will significantly increase the Agency’s ability assist members.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslaboratory-upgrade-for-iaea-5013187