Islamabad August 9 2021: Pakistan gets One Million COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests from USAID. The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), mobilized an airlift of COVID 19 Antigen rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) that arrived in Pakistan to help efficient diagnosis of COVID-19, and enable the country to respond to urgent health needs.
The donation was formally received by Special Assistant to Prime Minister, Dr. Faisal Sultan in a ceremony at Islamabad. In his remarks on the occasion, Dr. Sultan said, “We are thankful to the USAID for donating these rapid antigen tests”.
He also recalled that this effort is a reflection of the warm relations between the two countries. On the occasion, the USAID Mission Director, Julie Koenen said, “These RDTs will serve Pakistan needs of quick surveillance, diagnosis and keeping spread of COVID-19 to the lowest levels.” Since the start of the outbreak in early 2020, USAID has been working to save.