Although Pakistan is an underdeveloped country, it made a significant scientific breakthrough. During the pandemic of coronavirus, one of the biggest challenges for Pakistan was testing kits. However, the country made its own COVID-19 testing kits.
Despite the vicious economic crisis, Pakistan toiled to tackle the lethal pandemic. The development came forward with the help of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and several other scientists. The Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry announced the news on his official Twitter handle.
Another landmark achieved…. DRAP has approved Pakistan first COVID testing kit, Congratulations to @Official_NUST and our brilliant scientists …you people have made us proud … this ll bring significant cost reduction of COVID tests also ll save huge import bill
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) June 12, 2020
Huge relief for Pakistan
Earlier, Pakistan was importing kits from several countries. Although the country received some free kits from China and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), they were not ample. Hence, Pakistan was spending millions on importing testing kits.
The move will save Pakistan millions of rupees, which the country direly needs. Currently, in Pakistan, there are more than 125,900 coronavirus cases with above 2,000 deaths. The testing kits will also help the country in aggrandizing its daily COVID-19 tests.
The NUST had made around 1.5 million testing kits. The testing kits were forwarded to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) for approval.
The news brought joy across Pakistan and people on social media reacted to the news in the following manners:
Here’s what journalist Amber Rahim Shamsi said:
Congrats! To all of us really. And for taking the initiative.
— Amber Rahim Shamsi (@AmberRShamsi) June 12, 2020
People are also waiting for ventilators and 3D printer alternates
Excellent, also waiting for Ventilators and 3D printer alternates. 1473 ventilators x Rs 6 m = $55 million is too much for poor nation
— Pakistani (@usmanka) June 12, 2020
Some are requesting for COVID antibodies testing kits
Please make testing for covid antibodies testing kit also cheap and make some plan to getting tested for antibodies so more and more people can donate plasma
— MAR (@MumtazAhmedRiaz) June 12, 2020
That’s great news! So which company will bring this product in market? University did it’s job and now govt & industry has to work and deliver the product in market within short time!
— Faisal Khan (@AdvWaliMuhammad) June 12, 2020
Above all, the deadly pandemic of coronavirus is causing a catastrophe on the whole of Pakistan. The testing kits will lessen the burden of government.
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