Australia to Help Increase Pakistan’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity

The Australian High Commission has released an initiative with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to assist double COVID-19 testing capacity across Islamabad and the four provincial capitals of Pakistan. The Australian grant will be administered through the Asian Development Bank thru the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (PDF).

Australia’s assistance aims to beautify genomic sequencing ability for the early detection of the latest variations. This consists of educating 500 healthcare people to apply new lab equipment safely and effectively.

To guide the Pakistan Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 Pandemic and defend the vulnerable, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and NDRMF are fast-monitoring the project’s implementation.

 Strengthening the ability of laboratories is critical to stopping transmission of the virus, in particular as new variations emerge,” Australia’s High Commissioner, Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, said.

The initiative with NIH is brand new in a number of COVID-19 response projects through Australia in Pakistan. Australia has also contributed AUD 130 million to the COVAX Facility to make certain equitable get admission to of the vaccines to 92 countries, along with Pakistan.

“While we've got entered the vaccination level of the pandemic, training from round the arena hold to focus on the importance of public fitness preparedness. Australia is thrilled to guide Pakistan to adopt COVID-19 surveillance and vaccination simultaneously,” High Commissioner Shaw added.

 This project is designed to improve NIH device and improve our diagnostic capabilities.”

Australia’s guide can be placed to instant use in Pakistan’s power to fight COVID-19.

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