Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) successfully developed software that could detect the presence of coronavirus in the human body within a minute.
Chief Executive Officer DRAP, Asim Rauf clearly stated, “detect the coronavirus infection in a person’s lungs within a minute”.
Cov-Raid, the system developed by the National Electronics Complex of Pakistan – “shall employ Convolutional Neural Networks to predict [presence of] Covid-19 in suspected individuals” by using X-rays and it has been approved for “secondary detection” of the virus.
The artificial intelligence (AI) technology was developed by “creating a data repository of chest X-rays (CXR) for Covid-19 or non-Covid-19 detection”, and the software “requires a chest X-ray image as an input for the detection of Covid-19 positive or negative patients in less than one minute”.
The algorithm has been trained on more than 35,000 CXRs (data authentication done through multiple certified radiologists and PCR reports),
This AI-based technology “can be path-breaking to conduct screening of a large number of patients in a limited time”.
The DRAP CEO also said:
This [technology] is available in only a few countries in the world. Pakistan will supply the Cov-raid technology to various countries,
The report further highlighted that other countries are also developing such technologies. All these would help detect and cure the virus, and then the COVID-19 vaccine could be given to the patient accordingly.