What happened to COVID-19 testing kits that NUST made?
NUST's ASAB said that they have successfully developed testing kits that are available in 1/4th the price.
The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Attaur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) said that they have successfully developed testing kits for COVID-19. The Molecular Diagnostic Assays have been developed in collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.
The team consisted of Associate Professor Dr. Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr. Ali Zohaib from NUST ASAB. They have been working tirelessly to create these assays for diagnosis of COVID-19 as Pakistan’s tally keeps increasing.
The university claimed that the testing kits would be available at a price one-fourth lesser than the ones that are currently available. The NUST said that ‘the assays include both conventional and real-time PCR-based methods of Sybr Green and Taqman.’
However, after the Minister of Science and Technology Ch Fawad said that the universities are not playing their part in the fight against COVID-19, the discussion on those testing kits started again.
Where are Pak Universities? Everywhere in the world Universities are providing guideline to the Govts through leading reserach and policy papers,why Pak Unis are silent spectators? We need to up the game…Vc’s must initiate reserach..up the game guys #coronavirusinpakistan
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 28, 2020
NUSTians said that there has been no follow-up from the government’s side and urged to increase spending on R&D.
You need to invest! You for one know the quality of AI/ML research in NUST. Why is the domain thriving? Because the competent researchers are being funded.
— Aitzaz Hussain (@aitzazh_) March 28, 2020
NUST made cheap CTK (Corona Testing Kits) a month ago and still not in the market, why? Because they are trying to monetize it for themselves. As much proud I was for their R&D on it, now I feel ashamed. Govt. must intervene. https://t.co/LBScmCFylS
— Salman. ⑃ (@SalmanNaseer) March 28, 2020
Really fawad? Many units incl NUST and PU are playing their part. https://t.co/osjckZ9IBU
— Haider. (@haiderwrites) March 28, 2020
Responding to the questions on NUST’s testing kits, Fawad Ch said that they are in the final stages of approval.
2 initiatives of @MinistryofST are in final stages of approval 1)Corona Testing Kits (NUST) 2) Ventilators (PEC) this ll immensely bring down costs of –#WarAgainstCorona ,We have enhanced capacity of PCSIR production of hand sanitizers and health depts and banks are facilitated
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 29, 2020
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