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Rafael Grossi said the IAEA was ready to help disseminate the knowledge gained by Germany as it winds down its nuclear programme. The International Atomic Energy Agency is ready to provide its assistance and to help disseminate the knowledge gained by Germany as it winds down its nuclear power programme, the agency’s director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said after meeting foreign minister Heiko Maas and other senior German officials in Berlin.

Mr Grossi praised Germany’s efforts and progress in decommissioning its nuclear power plants and managing the waste. He noted that last year, an IAEA team of experts carried out a review in Germany and concluded the country was continuing to manage its radioactive waste and spent fuel in a safe and responsible manner. The team also noted opportunities for improving the monitoring of the implementation of the national programme for radioactive waste and spent fuel management.

He said Germany is demonstrating continued strong support for the International Atomic Energy Agency even as the country is shutting down its nuclear power plants, the agency’s director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said after meeting foreign minister Heiko Maas and other senior German officials in Berlin.

The IAEA said Germany was among a group of countries that quickly stepped in with new financial commitments to ensure that the agency’s safeguards work was not interrupted during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Germany also joined other IAEA member states in backing an agency project to provide nuclear-derived testing equipment and training and expertise to some 125 countries to help them quickly detect the coronavirus.

Mr Grossi said Mr Maas had expressed interest in Zodiac (Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action), an IAEA initiative to use nuclear techniques and an international network of laboratories to help prevent future pandemics.

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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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
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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
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Operators have introduced measures including social distancing at nuclear plants. Photo courtesy Rosenergoatom. The nuclear industry has been taking special measures to cope with the global coronavirus pandemic and no country has reported the enforced shutdown of a nuclear power reactor due to the effects of Covid-19 on the workforce or supply chains, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

The agency said it based its assessment on reports from operators and regulators received through the IAEA’s Covid-19 Operational Experience Network (OPEX) and International Reporting System for Operating Experience (IRS).

Operators and regulators continue to ensure safety and security at plants worldwide even as the pandemic has impacted them in various ways, including their planned outages and maintenance schedule, said Dohee Hahn, director of the IAEA’s division of nuclear power.

“The input we are receiving provides us with important insight into the pandemic’s impact on the nuclear industry and will help operators and regulators alike to learn from each other’s experiences,” Mr Hahn said.

Date: Saturday, 13 June 2020
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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
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A nuclear-derived technique is being used to detect virus causing Covid-19 Real time RT-PCR is the most accurate method to detect the Covid-19 virus. Photo courtesy D. Calma/IAEA. The International Atomic Energy Agency said it has so far delivered more than 250 consignments to 80 countries with supplies to help fight against the coronavirus pandemic, with many more to be shipped in the coming days and weeks.

The agency said its assistance includes equipment and expertise to help laboratories around the world step up testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

The effort has drawn around €26m in extrabudgetary funds, including support from IAEA member states and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, the Japanese multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. Last month Takeda said it would commit around €4.35m in support of the initiative.

The agency has been helping countries through the provision of RT-PCR equipment, as well as accessories for testing and sampling. It is also providing personal protective equipment and offering webinars and video guidance for health and laboratory professionals on sample collection and processing.

Date: Friday, 05 June 2020
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Biopharmaceutical leader Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited has committed to donating JPY500 million (around $4.67 million) in support of a global initiative launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help countries combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Date: Friday, 15 May 2020
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As the COVID-19 pandemic makes governments and international organisations consider new ways of conducting business and protecting communities, we need to turn the recovery into an opportunity to safeguard the future, writes Christer Viktorsson, director general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.

Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020
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