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DRAP approves Pakistan’s first locally-made COVID-19 testing kit

07:46 PM | 13 Jun, 2020
DRAP approves Pakistan’s first locally-made COVID-19 testing kit

ISLAMABAD – The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved the first locally-manufacturing testing kit for COVID-19, a major scientific development that will reduce the cost to one-fourth of current price of kits.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry shared the news on Twitter on Friday and termed it a landmark.

The testing kit has been developed by the scientists at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Attaur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB).

The minister appreciated the team and congratulated the university and “brilliant scientists” for achieving the landmark.

 “You people have made us proud… this will bring significant cost reduction of Covid-19 tests and will also save huge import bill,” he wrote on Twitter.

The testing kit is developed in collaboration with Wuhan Institute of Virology China, DZIF Germany, Columbia University USA and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi.

NUST says, “The kits will soon be mass-produced by a selected pharmaceutical firm post DRAP approval for commercial production”.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 22, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.98 748.98
Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74

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