US Request India For Hydroxychloroquine Tablets To Treat COVID-19
On Saturday, the US President Donald Trump requested the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to supply hydroxychloroquine tablets to treat the coronavirus patients.
The US President announced at the White House Coronavirus task force briefing that India is reconsidering about the hold it put on the supply of hydroxychloroquine to the US.
After the President announced his request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on lifting the hold on US order of medicine, he said he too will take the hydroxychloroquine tablet without shying away from saying it.
President Trump said: “I may take it too, will have to talk to my doctors.” India makes a lot of hydroxychloroquine and they need a lot more for their billions of people. The anti-malarial drug will be supplied through the Strategic National Stockpile for treatment, he added.
The President said he would appreciate it if India releases the requested amounts of hydroxychloroquine drugs.
The export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and its formulations was put on hold by the Indian Government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about his conversation with President Trump.
Had an extensive telephone conversation with President @realDonaldTrump. We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2020
Prime Minister expressed his condolences on the loss of lives in the United States while responding to the US’s request to India for hydroxychloroquine. The United States had 8,175 casualties and 301,902 cases of coronavirus as of Sunday, according to reports of Johns Hopkins University.
In the last 24 hours, there was a steep increase in the number of cases. At least 28,000 cases and 1,023 deaths were reported in the US.
The importance of continued close cooperation between India and the United States to fight the spread of coronavirus by strengthening global pharmaceutical supply chains was discussed by the US Secretary of State Michael with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.