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Pakistan to acquire test kits that can detect Covid-19 in 20 minutes

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Pakistan to acquire test kits that can detect Covid-19 in 20 minutes

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What happened:

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has stated that approval has been given for the registration of the rapid test kit. The chief executive officer (CEO) of DRAP Asim Rauf said that with the virus detection time cut down to 20 minutes people will no longer have to wait for 24 hours or more to get their results.

“The test will initially cost Rs2,000.”, Asim Rauf said.

The background:

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also approved the emergency use of rapid test kits last week, the tests can be used at home and show results within 30 minutes. They are single use kits, and the FDA granted authorisation to California-based test developer Lucira Health to produce them.

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