The EU works to increase stocks of iodine pills and nuclear radiation suits

The Financial Times: after the start of the war in Ukraine, the EU executive is accelerating plans to improve the response of European countries in the event of nuclear accidents or chemical or bacteriological attacks

The European Union has accelerated plans to “improve the response of countries in the event of nuclear accident», Encouraging Member States to ‘To increase stocks of iodine pills, protective suits and other medicinesAnd is also working on plans to address possible consequences of chemical and biological attacks. To report it is the Financial Times.

The recommendations of the European Commission come after the Russian president Vladimir Putin hinted at the possibility of resorting to its nuclear arsenal in the event that Russia was “threatened”, and after the United States warned the West about the possibility of Russian troops using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.

According to a spokesman for the European Commission quoted by Financial Times the plans of the European executive precede the invasion of Ukraine: but the spokesman himself confirmed that the goal is to increase preparedness in the area of ​​chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

In recent days Italy has also updated its national plan “for the management of radiological and nuclear emergencies”
and several pharmacies in many European countries – including Belgium, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic – have seen demand for iodine pills skyrocket.

As mentioned here, «potassium iodide tablets can only be useful to protect the thyroid from future tumor development, but are only indicated in case of explosions in very close plants (in an area of ​​50 or 100 kilometers), they must be taken before or immediately after the arrival of the cloud and daily for a limited time, as long as the toxic cloud lasts. A therapy that only makes sense for close people and very limited periods, bearing in mind that (like all drugs) these pills can also have side effects: thyroid dysfunction (such as hyperthyroidism and iodine-induced hypothyroidism), gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastralgia), allergic reactions (cutaneous angioedema, arthralgia, lymphadenopathy, urticaria) “.

The Commission created, last September, the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (Hera), which has the task of identifying possible future health emergencies and preparing the Union to deal with them.

In the event of an emergency, Hera would activate its funds and mechanisms for the monitoring, procurement and purchase of materials.

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