The young scientists from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) finally get approval from the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) after the successful lab trails of coronavirus testing kit named ‘N-CovKit’.
On Friday, federal minister for science and technology, Fawad Chaudhry announced this dazzling news on his Twitter account
“Another landmark achieved… DRAP has approved Pakistan first COVID testing kit, Congratulations to @Official_NUST and our brilliant scientists …you people have made us proud … this ll bring significant cost reduction of COVID tests also ll save huge import bill”
Another landmark achieved…. DRAP has approved Pakistan first COVID testing kit, Congratulations to @Official_NUST and our brilliant scientists …you people have made us proud … this ll bring significant cost reduction of COVID tests also ll save huge import bill
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) June 12, 2020
Our Brilliant Scientists
Associate Professor Dr. Aneela Javed and Assistant Professor Dr. Ali Zohaib of the NUST Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB), are the young incredible scientist behind this glorious achievement.
Both of them started working on the local development of diagnostic kits right after the pandemic hits Pakistan. They announced this earlier in the mid of March 2020.
While briefing to media about the Kits, Dr. Aneela said
“It’s a big achievement for Pakistani scientists and researchers. Now that the diagnostic testing kit has been approved by the DRAP, we hope it will soon be available in the market.”
In an interview, the young doctors mentioned the departments and organizations that collaborated with them. First of all the team of scientists collaborated with Wuhan Institute of Virology China.
Afterward, they approach DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi for supplemental research.
Both of them appreciated the support from different organizations and departments but especially they acknowledged the National Institute of Health (NIH) for scientific support throughout the time.
Dr. Hussnain Janjua, Principal of ASAB admires the efforts of the scientific team by saying “the test kits developed at NUST have unlocked the potential of local universities to contribute to national development. However, translating research into meaningful impact requires government grants and support from foundations.”
The only concern about the delaying production of Kits is the exhaustive list of required procedures. Besides this, testing by various companies and health regulators reduces the chances of immediate availability.
Hopefully, DRAP will soon approve the mass production of diagnostic Kits by pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan.
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