DRAP approves Pakistan’s first locally manufactured COVID-19 test kit

ISLAMABAD – The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved for the first time a locally manufactured test kit for COVID-19, a major scientific development that will reduce the cost by one-quarter of the kit’s current price .

Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhary shared the news on Twitter on Friday and called it a landmark.

The testing kit has been developed by scientists at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Ataur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB).

The minister praised the team and congratulated the university and “brilliant scientists” for achieving the landmark.

“You guys have made us proud … It will bring down the significant cost of the Kovid-19 tests and save a huge import bill,” he wrote on Twitter.

The testing kit has been developed in collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.

NUST says “the kit will soon be mass-produced by a selected pharmaceutical firm post DRAP approval for commercial production”.

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