ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Thursday said around 1,50,000 Coronavirus testing kits will be manufactured within the next few weeks.

Talking to the media after his visit to National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the federal minister said the brilliant team of NUST has prepared Corona testing kits and sent those to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) for approval.

The university itself checked the results of these testing kits by taking samples from different hospitals for their satisfaction and then sent to DRAP, he said.

“We will be able to use these testing kits soon after approval from DRAP”, he said.

Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has received 48 designs of ventilators and approved three out of those.

These designs have been sent to DRAP for approval too, he said.

He said that the DRAP has constituted an expert committee both for testing kits and ventilators, which will be meeting soon.

The minister observed that time-to-market for medical devices, particularly ones that are invasive, is not a short process. Considering the inherently lengthy process, these particular kits are being fast-tracked so that the immediate requirement of the country can be met as early as possible, and dependence on imported kits can be reduced.

Appreciating the efforts of NUST researchers and scientists, the federal minister said this is the attitude we need from our universities.—APP