The shipment was delivered to Pakistan on Saturday by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. donated one million COVID-19 antigen rapid diagnostic tests, which arrived today and will help Pakistan to better detect and diagnose the coronavirus, enabling the government to adjust its strategy to curb the spread of #COVID19. #EnduringPartnership #USAID pic.twitter.com/xJTFtlzE8t
— USAID Pakistan (@USAID_Pakistan) August 6, 2021
These new rapid diagnostic tests detect infection in minutes and significantly improve real-time surveillance, allowing health professionals to immediately locate infection hotspots.
With access to quick and precise testing, Pakistan’s National Command Operation Center and the Federal Health Ministry will be able to significantly curb the spread of COVID-19, particularly in rural areas and at border crossings.
“These rapid test kits will assist Pakistan in more promptly detecting and diagnosing the coronavirus, allowing the government to alter its approach to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Julie A. Koenen, USAID Mission Director. “This donation fulfills President Biden’s promise to stand with the people of Pakistan in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.” Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination, formally received the shipment at the ceremony. Dr. Sultan thanked USAID for their donation and partnership in his remarks. He further stated that this initiative exemplifies the close friendship between the United States and Pakistan.
Through a collaboration with the government of Pakistan, the United States has provided more than $50 million in COVID-19 support, including a donation of 200 ventilators to care for COVID-19 patients, personal protection equipment, and pulse oximeters.
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