US praises researchers at a Pakistani university for their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Researchers in the US and Pakistan are working together to stop the spread of the virus.

The United States has appreciated researchers at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) for their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) at The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, said that researchers in the US and Pakistan are working together to stop the spread of the virus.

‘’We applaud NextStrain, CIDID in the US and NUST in Pakistan for their work using open data sharing to map the virus’’, Alice tweeted.

NUST is one of the leading research institutions in the country. Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhary Fawad Hussain also praised the institute for helping the government fight the pandemic by conducting research and developing the needed technology.

The minister said that COVID-19 testing kits prepared by NUST have been approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and would be now used on a trial basis.

Fawad said that within the next few weeks, around 150,000 testing kits would be manufactured. He also said that The Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) had received 48 designs for ventilators, out of which three were approved and sent to DRAP.

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  • Masha-Allah…this is the right way of dealing and crisis…knowledge, research, and solution….

  • Researchers from the west are publicizing their drawings, construction, designs and test results of ventilators/respirators on internet now. So it is not a question of designing and approval, it is about production. Aalborg university in Denmark has designed a low cost emergency ventilator which does not need highly skilled operators to use it. They are giving their design on internet free of cost and they mean, third world countries can easily produce these.

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