A Pakistani origin scientist is reportedly behind the development of a test kit that can tell if someone has COVID-19 in as less as five minutes.
According to Abbott Laboratories, the US Food and Drug Administration granted it emergency authorization to start making the test accessible to healthcare providers as early as next week.
The test, which is small in size and uses molecular technology, also shows negative results within 13 minutes.
The small size of the test means it can be used outside the “conventional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots.”
Abbott Laboratories, in its statement, said that they are ramping up production to deliver 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day by next month for the US healthcare system.
The statement reads, “Testing remains a crucial phase in controlling the coronavirus pandemic. To provide healthcare providers with the latest technologies to help control the spread of the virus is a topmost priority for public health officials and healthcare providers.”
According to US media reports, Jameel Sheikh, a Pakistani scientist hailing from Sindh’s Larkana district who graduated from Karachi’s NED Engineering University before moving to the United States, invented the device.
Sheikh is also an active member of the World Sindhi Congress and the Sindhi Association of North America.
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