(Agence France-Presse) Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.
Iodine pills help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland
The move comes as Belgium faces growing pressure from neighbouring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear power plants near their border due to concerns over their safety.
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Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometers (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants.