COVID-19 has infected 4.3 lakh Americans and claimed over 14,600 lives. U.S. President Donald Trump thanked PM Modi for allowing export of Hydroxychloroquine, deemed a possible cure against the disease.
“I want to thank Prime Minister Modi of India for allowing us to have what we requested for the problem arose and he was terrific. We will remember it,” Mr. Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference.
In a tweet, hours earlier, Mr. Trump praised Mr. Modi for his strong leadership and said that India’s help during this crisis will not be forgotten.
“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!”
It was retweeted more than 100,000 times and liked by almost 4 lakhs twitter users.
Scientists and the medical fraternity are racing against time to find a vaccine and a therapeutic solution to it.
Hydroxychloroquine was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for the COVID-19 and it is being tested on 1,500 coronavirus patients in New York. Anticipating that it will work, given initial positive results, Trump has bought more than 30 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine for potential treatment.
Mr. Trump last week had requested Prime Minister Modi to release the hold on American order of the malaria drug, of which India is the major producer. Modi lifted the hold on Tuesday.
India manufactures 70% of the world’s Hydroxychloroquine, according to Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA).
The country has a production capacity of 40 tonnes of (HCQ) every month, implying 20 crore tablets of 200 mg each.
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