Pakistani scientist behind 5-minute coronavirus detection test
A scientist of Pakistani-origin was reported to be the brains behind the creation of Abbott’s coronavirus detection test that can provide a positive result in five minutes, and a negative result in 13 minutes.
According to reports, the scientist’s name is Jameel Shaikh who belongs to Sindh’s Larkana district. Shaikh graduated from Karachi’s NED Engineering University before shifting to the United States.
According to Abbott, the pharmaceutical and testing firm, the coronavirus detection test will run on the company’s ID NOW platform, which is a thin, lightweight of 6.6 pounds and compact about the size of a small toaster, and that works on molecular technology.
The gadget is designed to provide fast results in a wide variety of healthcare environments, including offices for physicians, emergency care clinics, and emergency departments for hospitals.
“The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus,” said Robert B. Ford, president, and chief operating officer, Abbott.
“With rapid testing on ID NOW, healthcare providers can perform molecular point-of-care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots.”
Abbott will make ID NOW COVID-19 tests available the following week to healthcare professionals in emergency care settings in the US, where most of the ID NOW instruments are currently in use.
The company mentioned that they will be able to produce about 50,000 ID NOW tests daily. “With the combination of our ID NOW and m2000 COVID-19 testing capabilities, we will supply about 5 million tests per month.”