The US has congratulated the researchers at Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology (NUST) for their efforts to prevent the spread of the lethal coronavirus.
“Researchers in the US and Pakistan are collaborating to stop the spread of COVID-19. We applaud NextStrain, CIDID in the US and NUST in Pakistan for their work using open data sharing to map the virus,” said Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in a tweet post.
The role played by NUST, one of the country’s leading research institutes, was also appreciated by the Pakistani government, science and technology minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Thursday praised the university for helping the government tackle the coronavirus pandemic by developing the technology required.
He later said that COVID-19 testing kits prepared by NUST have been approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) and would be used on a trial basis.
To date, the current coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 50,000 lives and over a million worldwide infected with the virus.