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European Union provided Kazakhstan with reagents for COVID-19 PCR test systems

22/01/2021 - 12:42
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NUR-SULTAN – The European Union (EU) has provided the M. Aikimbayev's National Scientific Center of Especially Dangerous Infections (NSCEDI) with reagents as a humanitarian aid for the purposes of COVID-19 PCR test systems production and diagnosing coronavirus.

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NUR-SULTAN – The European Union (EU) has provided the M. Aikimbayev's National Scientific Center of Especially Dangerous Infections (NSCEDI) with reagents as a humanitarian aid for the purposes of COVID-19 PCR test systems production and diagnosing coronavirus. The assistance was rendered under the Cooperation Agreement between the NSCEDI and the Regional Secretariat of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Centres of Excellence in Central Asia (RS EU CBRN CoE).

On this point, Mr Sven-Olov Carlsson, EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan, and Mr Toktasyn Kenzhekanovich Erubayev, Director General of NSCEDI, held an online meeting today.

While delivering his welcoming address, Mr T.K. Erubayev stressed the utmost importance of the EU support for the NSCEDI in the tough time of the pandemic, noting that all the materials received are extensively used in the fight against COVID-19. The Director General of NSCEDI expressed confidence that the continuation of this initiative will strengthen the capacity of the Scientific Centre in the fight against biological threats.

The Ambassador of the European Union to Kazakhstan Mr Sven-Olov Carlson noted: “As you are likely aware, Kazakhstan officially joined the CBRN initiative in November 2020, thus becoming the 62nd partner country. I am convinced that this established partnership will allow us to strengthen intra-regional and inter-regional cooperation to minimise the CBRN risks and ensure tangible and sustainable results not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the region."

The EU CBRN CoE Initiative is funded and implemented by the European Union in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Research Institute on Crime and Justice (UNICRI) in 62 countries. The program contributes to the capacity-building of partner countries in Central Asia to counter CBRN threats, including coronavirus.

The Project 53 was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) initiative. The CoE currently covers 8 regions and 62 partner countries. The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals. The International Science and Technology Center (www.istc.int), implementer of Project 53, has funded and managed several hundred projects in Central Asia over the past 20 years.

For additional information please contact Ms Gulyaim Smailova, Cooperatrion Section at the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, e-mail: gulyaim.smailova@eeas.europa.eu; Mr Kaissar Akhmetbekuly, M. Aikimbayev's National Scientific Center of Especially Dangerous Infections, e-mail: DStrategy-1@nscedi.kz.

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