COMSTECH Int’l workshop on viral diseases begins


ISLAMABAD, JAN 25 (DNA) – COMSTECH International Workshop on “Fundamental Techniques in Viral Diseases Diagnostics” inaugurated on January 25, 2021 at COMSTECH.

More than 300 virologists, scientists and students from around the OIC member states are participating in this workshop.

Thirteen national and international experts from Germany, China, Sweden and Pakistan will give lectures on different aspects of viral diseases during the next two days.

Keynote address was delivered by Prof. Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan of University of Granada, Spain. He emphasized the need of medical research. Prof. Khalid emphasized the research-based decision making. He mentioned that existing knowledge, and text books available could not help out in coping with COVID-19.

It was only research which helped scientists to generate new knowledge to cope with this pandemic. He urged the public to take interest in research process and get involved into it.

Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General COMSTECH said that good governance, science and society connection, science culture, and science itself helped the humanity to tackle with the current pandemic.

He said that it was the practice of open science that helped conducting genome sequence of the virus and exploring its entire biological characteristics within a few months of the outbreak. Dr. Choudhary said it was exceptional to provide COVID vaccine to the world in such a shortest period of time.

It happened first time in the arena of vaccine development only due to the practice of open science and cooperation by the scientists around the world. Dr. Choudhary advised the nations that we need to be prepared for future pandemics – which are not far – by developing our capacity and institutional infrastructure.

This three-day workshop consists upon four technical sessions and would conclude on Jan. 27, 2021.=DNA