On the sidelines of the press visit to the National Center for Energy, Nuclear Science and Technology (CNESTEN), Khalid El Mediouri, Director General of the only nuclear structure in Morocco told us that the Kingdom was about to become one of the few countries to produce iodine 131.
This is a very dangerous product, complicated to import but vital to the functioning of hospitals. Morocco will be able to gain independence from iodine 131 next year. This is one of the major advances made by CNESTEN.
To give a value scale of its dangerousness, it was one of the first and main radionuclides emitted during serious nuclear accidents (involving fuel melting), as in the case of the Chernobyl disaster or the Fukushima disaster.