Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has revealed that Coronavirus test kits would soon be in mass production. National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has sent their prototype kits for approval to the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan. After their approval, Pakistan will be able to produce 150,000 test kits in a month. The credit of such a development goes to Attaur Rahman from the branch of Applied Biosciences in NUST. This development, when put into mass production, will save millions of people and billions of dollars.
The cost of coronavirus test kits
The cost of Coronavirus test kits will be four times lower than that of an imported one at just Rs 2,000. Moreover, its accuracy will be much higher in Pakistan due to being specifically designed here. This initiative will help medical sciences progress a lot further and increase their importance in the society. The minister of science and technology is giving out reassuring statements, in which he is praising researchers for their hard work.
Before this, Fawad Chaudhry also claimed to have made affordable hand sanitizers along with Coronavirus test kits as well. These are currently in mass production and will cut out the cost of other sanitizers. Different brands have hiked up their prices amidst this epidemic. So, a government-issued hand sanitizer will make things a lot easier.
Coronavirus is in its honeymoon period for now and with more than 2,500 people infected. In its prime, it can go as high as 10,000 people. That is to say if we are able to continue the quarantine efforts. These Coronavirus test kits will help narrow down the numbers of those infected and help the government assess the risks. For now, 80% of people that have been tested contain no signs of the virus. But Pakistan is running out of these testing kits, and if nothing happens, the process will halt. By contributing 150,000 testing kits, NUST will help Pakistan fight this virus and will prevent its spread. We hope the mass production begins as soon as possible.
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