In an optimistic development, Pakistan gets its first locally produced COVID-19 testing kit approved by DRAP

Pakistan currently has the capacity to conduct 1.2 million tests monthly.

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After months of trial, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has finally approved Pakistan’s very first locally-manufactured COVID-19 testing kit. The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary announced the news on his Twitter account.

He said that this device by NUST would cut down the cost of the testing kits, and save the country a huge import bill.

The young masterminds behind this achievement are Associate Professor Dr. Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr. Ali Zohaib of the NUST Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB). The team had been working on the kit since COVID-19 first hit the country.

While talking to a news outlet, Dr. Aneela said that this is a significant achievement for Pakistan.

‘’Now that the testing kits have been approved by the DRAP, we hope it will soon be available in the market’’, she said.

These locally developed kits will also increase the testing capacity, which is the need of the hour to track infected patients and contain the spread of the virus. Pakistan currently has the capacity to conduct 1.2 million tests monthly.

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