IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency, Laura Gil - Office of Public Information and Communication: China has 38 nuclear power reactors in operation and 19 under construction. It has increased its number of operating reactors by more than ten times since 2000 and plans to bring five units into commercial operation this year alone. It is the fastest expanding nuclear power generator in the world.
IAEA, International Energy Agency, Jeremy Li: As the major research reactors that supply Mo-99 age and cease production, the alternative method discussed in the paper offers a simplified way to diversify production and help ensure continued supplies of Mo-99 so that nuclear medicine services are not interrupted. In 2009, reactors producing Mo-99 in Canada and the Netherlands were temporarily shut down for necessary repairs and maintenance. This caused major disruption in health care services worldwide, leading to cancelled medical scans and postponed operations, and in some cases requiring medical professionals to revert back to using old, less effective techniques.
Jeremy Li, IAEA: Radiopharmaceuticals are a key component of nuclear medicine, and are crucial to fighting cancer and several other medical conditions. Their use, however, requires extensive personnel training on patient safety and equipment handling. Thanks to a recent IAEA training course, radiopharmacists from across Africa have acquired new skills and knowledge in this area and have since shared what they learned with their co-workers back home.
International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA: This is the May, 2010 review of worldwide production and supply of molybdenum 99, which is extremely important in diagnostic nuclear medicine. In February, 2010 a letter was sent to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House recommending that the United States focus on domestic production of molybdenum 99. The reply was that they were working on it. One member of the team working on it was positive and thought the problem would be solved with the renewed efforts. Scientists who worked on production of radioisotopes in American reactors were not optimistic about the renewed efforts. In 2016, an American medical professional said that he didn't think he would see satisfactory domestic production of this very important isotope in his life time. Thus is the government progress in the USA.