A Pakistani university named the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has successfully developed cheaper Coronavirus kits. It costs only $13 in comparison with the traditional kit that costs $50. According to the latest news, Dr. Ali Zohaib, and Dr. Aneela Javed at NUST Attaur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) have successfully developed Molecular Diagnostic Assays for the detection of COVID-19 novel Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus kits were developed in collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology China, Columbia University USA, DZIF Germany, and AFIP Rawalpindi.
The novel Coronavirus is a deadly illness that has infected more than 153,000 and killed 5,746 people. The virus has spread in more than 146 countries. It has been declared as a Pandemic which means that it has spread around the world beyond expectations. And common people do not have the immunity to fight against it. The testing kits cost 1/4th the price of the typical kits that are used for detecting COVID-19 globally.
More about the Cheaper Coronavirus kits
In a meeting, the NUST officials said,
The assays have been developed at a time when the world is in the grip of a pandemic virus outbreak and researchers are striving to make out remedies to this incurable disease. The assays include both conventional and real-time PCR-based methods of Sybr Green and Taqman.
NUST officials also said that Coronavirus kits have tested successfully on patient samples and laboratory control. The assays are strong, powerful, and sensitive to the target. The kits will soon be available at a price rate of $13 rather than the typical $50 ones. Pakistan’s Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry officially revealed the news of the cheaper Coronavirus kits.
According to the latest news, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 94. Twenty-six new cases arose in Sindh (25 in Karachi and 1 in Hyderabad), 2 cases in Islamabad, and 1 in Punjab as reported on Monday.
Via: Business Recorder