Thursday, 9 April 2020

Trump Thanks Modi For Decision on Anti-Malaria Drug (HCQ)

President Donald Trump congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for his decision to provide hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an antimalarial drug used to treat COVID-19. President Trump said: "In extraordinary times, greater cooperation among friends is necessary. Thank you to India and the people of India for making the decision on the HCU. We cannot forget! Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your solid leadership in helping not only India but also humanity.

Trump Thanks Modi For Decision on Anti-Malaria Drug (HCQ)

When asked if he was concerned about "retaliation for the US ban on the export of medical products" from India, Trump said at a White House press conference on Monday, " I would be surprised if he (Modi) would, you know, because India does very well with the US... I spoke to him Sunday morning, called him, and I said, we'd appreciate you allowing our supply (of HCQ) to come out. If he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be ok. But of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn't there be?"

Trump's response to the journalist's popular question has been viewed by parts of India as a threat, and the government has denied that the decision was made under any pressure.

Given the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, India decided on Tuesday to allow paracetamol and HCQ to its neighbors based on Indian capabilities. India will also supply some of these essential medicines to some of the countries most affected by the epidemic, the Foreign Ministry said.

On Tuesday, the world had the highest number of new cases of coronavirus, with more than 418,000 infections and more than 14,200 deaths. In comparison, India has the epidemic with 178 deaths and more than 5,900 infections. The Directorate-General for Foreign Trade has announced the lifting of restrictions on drugs. Paracetamol and HCQ are placed in the authorized sector and their demand status must be constantly monitored.

HCQ has been used by Frontline Healthcare workers to treat Covid-19 patients and in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Modi government has banned the export of drugs since the coronavirus epidemic hit India.