Romania’s health ministry has announced the dispersal of potassium iodine pills to all residents, up to the age of 40 years-old, including babies. Multiple EU member states, including Bulgaria, Belgium and some others, have seen an increased demand for such drugs amid the ongoing Russian offensive in Ukraine.
A campaign to teach people about how to store and administer the tablets, which help reduce the impact of radiation on human systems, will kick off in the country this week, the ministry announced on Sunday.
The distribution of tablets is going to begin in the second half of April after a relevant legal procedure is established, it added. Officials didn’t mention the reasons for the move, but pointed out that “at the moment, there is no danger that makes it necessary to take these pills.”
Romania shares a 614-kilometer-long border with Ukraine, which operates four nuclear power stations.