Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, informs his ministry has constituted a task force under the leadership of Dr. Ata-ur-Rehman to develop an indigenous immunization vaccine for coronavirus in Pakistan.
Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry informed that the ‘Scientific task force on COVID-19 will coordinate with all the international researching bodies on coronavirus.
وزارت سائنس نے ڈاکٹر عطاآلرحمنٰ کی سربراھی میں کمیٹی تشکیل دی ہے، یہ کمیٹی کرونا ویکسین اور اس سے متعلقہ دیگر امور پر ریسرچ coordinate کرے گی اور عالمی سطح پر ریسرچ اداروں کی معاونت بھی حاصل کرے گی۔ اس کے علاوہ سائنس فاونڈیشن DATA ریسرچ شروع کر رہی ہے کئ اہم سوالات کے جواب چاہئیں pic.twitter.com/35JmrXj1p9
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 24, 2020
The Scientific Task Force will report directly to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Pakistan looks forward to playing its part in the global research for coronavirus vaccines, says Fawad Chaudhry.
He further added that the Ministry of Science and Technology will also develop a Science Data Research Foundation to ascertain the answers to important questions on Coronavirus.
However, Fawad Chaudhry has been appearing for interviews at the international and national media channels, explaining the initiatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology to fight the pandemic coronavirus.
In his latest interview with Arab News and Hum News, he informed that Pakistan has developed hand sanitizers that are easily available at utility stores.
— Chaudhry Ikram Jutt (@Ikramjuttpti) March 26, 2020
These hand sanitizers produced by the Ministry of Science and Technology are available at the utility stores to meet the shortage and high demand in the market.
In an interview with Hum News, he informed that his ministry under the program Pakistan Science Foundation is launching a comprehensive study to research into various aspects of pandemic coronavirus in Pakistan.
Only Science can save the world from such pendamics,Pakistani scientists around the world and in Pak are playing crucial role in a combat against #coronavirus I may request Pakistani Reserach institutions n Researchers to work on affordable versions of Ventilators….
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 19, 2020
He explains the research will ascertain data regarding which genders and age groups have been most affected by a coronavirus and also why certain people were affected more severely in the group of Shia pilgrims returning from Iran in Taftan while many pilgrims were unscathed.
He further informed that Pakistan Engineering Council is working on developing the cheap ventilators in the country to reduce Pakistan’s heavy reliance on outer sources to acquire it which is needed for the treatment of critical patients of coronavirus.
#WATCH: Research underway for #Pakistan's own #COVID19 test kits says @FawadChaudhry while working from home in his first online video interview since the #coronavirus outbreak. || @MinistryofST
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— Arab News Pakistan (@arabnewspk) March 24, 2020
Fawad Chaudhry informed Arab News that he is trying to introduce research and development in the Ministry of Science and Technology. He informed that Pakistan is also coming up with its testing kits which would be far cheaper than imported testing kits. Adding that NUST university in Pakistan has developed a coronavirus testing kits.