United States President Donald Trump, on Saturday, said he had requested India to supply anti-malarial drugs to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Trump said he had requested his friend PM Modi to provide the Hydroxychloroquine tablets to the United States. “After call today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is giving serious consideration to releasing the hold it put on a US order for hydroxychloroquine,” US President Trump said at the White House Coronavirus task force briefing that he requested PM Narendra Modi for more Hydroxychloroquine tablets.
The Indian government has put a hold on the export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and its formulations. Following this, Donald Trump made a phone call to PM Modi and requested him to supply the anti-Malaria drug to the US. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, “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.” Modi conveyed deep condolences for the loss of lives in the United States and his prayers for the early recovery of those still suffering from the disease.
Donald Trump said, “India makes a lot of it. They need a lot too for their billion-plus people. The hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug, will be released through the Strategic National Stockpile for treatment.” “I said I would appreciate if they would release the amounts that we ordered” of hydroxychloroquine, Trump added. Trump said he may also take a tablet of Hydroxychloroquine as a precaution. “I may take it too, will have to talk to my doctors,” Trump said.
With this, India may lift its hold on the US order of the medicine. However, an official confirmation from the Indian government is awaited. Meanwhile, the United States is going through a crisis. As on Sunday, it has at least 301,902 cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally. At least 8,175 people have died in the US from the pandemic. There was a steep rise in the number of cases in the last 24 hours. At least 23,949 new cases were reported in the US, and at least 1,023 new deaths in the US have been reported in the last 24 hours.
India has not just shown the world how to control the Corona Virus outbreak by mitigation strategy, but it is also leading the other countries in terms of curing the pandemic. The death ratio is relatively lesser in India compared to other countries. By supplying Hydroxychloroquine tablets to the US, India’s role in the world is bound to increase.