5-minute COVID-19 Testing Kit –Jameel Shaikh

By Arooj Ahmed — Updated on 04/04/2020

According to the reports of leading pharmaceutical company, Abbott Laboratories, Jameel Shaikh is a Pakistani Origin Scientist who promoted Coronavirus aka COVID-19 ‘5-minute’ testing kit for the Coronavirus aka COVID-19 suspected patients. Jameel Shaikh is legit the only one behind the creation of Abbotts’ Coronavirus 5-minute detective kit in which positive result is given in as little as 5 minutes and negative results in maximum 13 minutes. As per the reports, Jameel Shaikh is the scientist and microbiologist hailing from Pakistan’s southern region from Sindh’s Larkana District. Jameel Shaikh moved to the US –United States after completing his graduation from Karachi’s NED University of Engineering and Technology.


According to the research company, Abbott -5-minute Coronavirus kit will run on the company’s ID NOW platform that is small, light in weight of portable toaster sized kit with 6.6 lbs. and basically works on molecular technology. The main purpose of the development of this Abbott -5-minute is to provide rapid results in the field of health care settings and environments such as physicians, offices, care clinics, and hospital emergency departments. This is going to be a game-changer in the field of public health because the kits that are already in use take 6 hours to detect the results.

Jameel Shaikh is currently and permanently based in San Diego, California also he is an active member of the World Sindhi Congress and the Sindhi Association of North America. After this huge success of this kit invention, the maker of the kit, Jameel Shaikh, aims to deliver 50,000 ID NOW tests per day to the US –United States healthcare system. This kit will save thousands of lives with a timely diagnosis and will also ramp-up the testing capacity of the world’s largest economy.


The Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Abbott, Robert B. Forb comprehended, “The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple platforms and fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes add to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat the situation of this virus.” Also, “With the rapid testing on ID NOW, healthcare providers can perform molecular point of care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in eruption hotspots.”

Abbott will make ID NOW COVID-19 tests available from next week to healthcare providers in urgent emergency care settings in the US –United Stated where the majority ID NOW instruments are used nowadays.

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A Pakistani was part of the team of software engineers who helped develop a portable test that can tell if someone has COVID-19 in as little as five minutes. Abbott Laboratories said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorisation to begin making the test available to healthcare providers as early as next week. The test, which is the size of a small toaster and uses molecular technology, also shows negative results within 13 minutes, the company said in a statement. Jameel Sheikh, a Pakistani software engineer hailing from Sindh’s Larkana district who graduated from Karachi’s NED Engineering University before moving to the United States, was among the engineer who received the first batch of the kit for testing. The pharmaceutical giant in its statement said that they are ramping up production to deliver 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day by next month for the US healthcare system. “Testing remains a crucial step in controlling the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing to supply healthcare providers with new technologies to help curb the spread of infection is a top priority for public health officials and healthcare providers,” the statement added. According to the report, Sheikh is also an active member of World Sindhi Congress and Sindhi Association of North America. The novel coronavirus emerged in the central China city of Wuhan towards the end of last year and proliferated to almost the whole world within a couple of months. It’s not the virulence or fatality, but the infectivity of the new virus – also known as SARS-CoV-2 – that has set off global frenzy. The COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by this mysterious contagion has so far infected more than half a million people in 202 countries and territories of the world – more than 30,000 of them have died and counting.

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