Khushboo Lucknow, 300 Questions 0 Answers 0 Best Answers 343 Points View Profile Khushboo Asked: October 28, 20212021-10-28T15:57:09+05:30 2021-10-28T15:57:09+05:30In: GENERAL What are Novichok agents? What are Novichok agents? current affairesscience & technology Share Facebook 1 Answer Recent 0 Questions 307 Answers 60 Best Answers 0 Points View Profile Best Answer [Deleted User] 2021-10-28T16:02:29+05:30Added an answer on October 28, 2021 at 4:02 pm Novichok nerve agent Context: The German government says Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. What are Novichok agents? The name Novichok (A-230) means “newcomer” in Russian and applies to a group of advanced nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. They were known as fourth-generation chemical weapons and were developed under a Soviet program codenamed Foliant. How is it used? Novichok agents are dispersed as an ultra-fine powder rather than a gas or vapor. They can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Variants of Novichok Some variants of Novichok are thought to be five to eight times more toxic than the VX nerve agent. While some Novichok agents are liquids, others are thought to exist in solid form. This means they could be dispersed as an ultra-fine powder. Some of the agents are also reported to be “binary weapons”, meaning the nerve agent is typically stored as two less toxic chemical ingredients that are easier to transport, handle and store. When these are mixed, they react to produce the active toxic agent. Is there an antidote? All nerve agents have an antidote in atropine, but it needs to be administered as soon as possible. A common problem is that it can take time to diagnose that a nerve agent has been used. Who controls the world’s most toxic chemicals? The work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is carried out as part of an international control regime that governs what is, or is not, permissible as far as very toxic chemicals are concerned. This was established by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which 192 countries are signed up members. Only four countries are outside the CWC – North Korea, Israel, Egypt, and South Sudan. They are still bound by the treaty’s provisions, under international law. Novichoks were added to the Chemical Weapons Convention’s list of controlled substances. 1 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer. Related Questions Tell us about different types of Orbits. What are salt secreting Mangroves?
Novichok nerve agent
The German government says Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.
What are Novichok agents?
How is it used?
Variants of Novichok
Is there an antidote?
Who controls the world’s most toxic chemicals?