Atomic energy agency sends Poland COVID-19 diagnostic equipment

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At the request of Poland's National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has given Polish sanitary services equipment to aid in the diagnosis of coronavirus infection, the Ministry of Climate announced on Friday.

The ministry explained in a press release that the equipment had gone to the National Institute of Public Health - State Hygiene Facility in Warsaw and the Sanitary-Epidemiological Station in Katowice, southern Poland.

The equipment consists of thermocyclers, also known as DNA amplifiers, for diagnosing molecular SARS-CoV-2. The apparatus helps to detect coronavirus infection and enables an increase in the number of COVID-19 diagnostic tests performed, the ministry explained.

Within the framework of assistance to member states, the IAEA has sent diagnostic equipment to over 40 countries, including the two diagnostic kits to Poland to a value of EUR 187,000.