India partially lifted the ban on the export of the anti-malarial drug after President Trump said there may be retaliation if PM Modi doesn’t send the amount that the US has ordered.
Highlights! Trump uses bully tactics threatening Modi with retaliation if India doesn’t release antimalarial drug shipment for the America.
- Trump says there may be retaliation if Modi doesn’t release the amount of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine that the US has ordered from India.
- Hydroxychloroquine is recommended as a preventive medicine for frontline healthcare workers.
- In the past, President Trump has called the drug a “game-changer in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- India banned its export alongside paracetamol to ensure sufficient stock in the country as it braces for a spike in infections.
- However, today India has decided to partially lift the ban for affected nations.
In his latest press briefing, the US President Donald Trump indirectly threaten Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “there may be retaliation” if India doesn’t send along the amount of Anti-malarial drug the US has ordered. The Indian Prime Minister has banned the export of the drug hydroxychloroquine as he braces for future demands bound to arise in his own country.
The US President has hailed hydroxychloroquine as a “game-changer in the war against the coronavirus outbreak. Hydroxychloroquine acts as a prophylactic for frontline workers such as doctors, nurses, policemen, and paramedics. However, its role as an effective cure for the 2019 novel coronavirus SARS disease has not yet been established.
If Modi doesn’t allow it to come out…
Trump said he would be surprised if Indian PM Modi rejects the US order. POTUS said the “India does very well with the United States. However, when asked by a reporter if he was worried due to the fact that the US has a ban in place on the export of medical goods from India, Trump said that he had a “very good talk” with Modi yesterday on the issue.
Trump said “I don’t like that decision. Didn’t hear that that was his (Modi’s) decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries”. Furthermore, Trump claimed that India has been taking advantage of the US on trade.” He said that Indian PM Modi will have to tell him directly if banning the export of Hydroxychloroquine was his decision.
Trump claimed that India has been taking advantage of the US on trade.
Finally, Trump said that if Indian PM Modi doesn’t allow the anti-malarial medicine order by the US, that would be OK. However, Trump also said, “But of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn’t there be”.
PM Modi’s answer
The Indian government had put a temporary ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine on March 25th stating that it would only allow export on humanitarian grounds on a “case-to-case basis”. The decision came after the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country’s apex medicine research body recommended the use of the anti-malarial drug for frontline healthcare workers in service of COVID-19 infected patients.
The latest round of diplomacy over the pandemic will take its next step today as PM Modi sits down for a fresh meeting on the situation of the pandemic in India. As per NDTV, the Indian government has partially lifted the band. PM Modi is likely to listen to Trump clear the US antimalarial medicine order today after ensuring sufficient stocks for domestic needs, expected to intensify in the coming weeks. Apart from hydroxychloroquine, India has also restricted the export of paracetamol.
Watch: Trump tells India to supply or face retaliation.
US, which is the new epicenter of the outbreak with 366,000 positive cases as more than 10,000 deaths, permitted the emergency use of the anti-malarial drug from the national stockpile. An official statement from the United States Food and Drug Authority (USFDA) said hydroxychloroquine could be used to treat hospitalized adult and adolescent coronavirus patients weighing 50 kg or more.
13 days into the 21-day lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s India has reported over 4,000 coronavirus positive cases and over 100 deaths as it braces for the number of infected cases to spike in the coming weeks.