US President Donald Trump told reporters that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “terrific” for granting permission to export the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to the US. He was speaking at his daily White House news conference on coronavirus. He also thanked India saying, India’s extraordinary help “will not be forgotten”.
“I want to thank Prime Minister Modi of India for allowing us to have what we requested for the problem that arose and he was terrific. We will remember it,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
On Tuesday, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that three Gujarat-based companies would export these tablets to the US. The American President said India’s help during this crisis will not be forgotten. Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”
Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug which is believed to be effective in the treatment of coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to Trump’s tweet saying, “India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together.”
India produces 70% of the world’s supply of hydroxychloroquine. Mr Trump and PM Modi had a discussion over phone about the pandemic and then PM Modi agreed to lift the ban on the export of the medicine to the US. The American President himself confirmed that the first shipment of 29 million doses of the drug was on its way from three factories in Gujarat.
More than 14,600 Americans lost their lives due to the coronavirus. Over 4.3 lakhs have tested positive for the deadly virus. Scientists and medical officials are racing against time to find a vaccine or a permanent solution to the infection that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December. According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, the US has recorded nearly 2,000 novel coronavirus deaths for a second day. The total death toll crossed 14,695.