After India decided to partially lift its ban and allow the export of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, Trump took to Twitter to thank and show his gratitude to Modi.
India lifted the ban on the export of the drug after President Trump called on PM Modi to send the amount that the US has ordered. The Modi government said it would export the prophylactic drug to badly-affected nations. US tops the global charts outright for the number of infections, now over 400,000.
Medical experts globally recommend Hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure for frontline healthcare workers. President Trump has earlier claimed Hydroxychloroquine to be a “game-changer” in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump took to Twitter to thank PM Modi.
Export to badly affected countries
India had banned the export of HCQ alongside paracetamol. Modi government’s move aimed to ensure sufficient stock in the country as it braces for a spike in infections. After allowing stocks to be exported on a case-to-case basis, the Indian government ensured that there would be enough stock in the country for future needs expected to arise.
Earlier today, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro also wrote to Indian Prime Minister Modi. He drew parallels between religious references from Christianity and Hinduism, urging his counterpart to release the drug for Brazil.
Deaths and new cases are spiking in the US with 400,000+ positive cases and about 13,000 deaths. The Trump administration has permitted the emergency use of the anti-malarial drug from the national stockpile. US is using Hydroxychloroquine to treat hospitalized adult and adolescent patients weighing 50 kg or more.
India is on course to extend its 21-day lockdown as cases climb over 5,700 with 160+ deaths. India is bracing for a spike in the number of infected cases in the coming weeks.