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Coronavirus: Trump’s aggressive advocacy of malaria drug divides medical community President Donald Trump listens throughout a briefing concerning the coronavirus within the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SHORTLY after US President Donald Trump mentioned that “there may be retaliation” if India doesn’t conform to export Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a key anti-malaria drug, India Tuesday mentioned that it’s going to provide important medicine to “some nations who have been particularly badly affected” by COVID-19 and to “neighbouring countries who are dependent on India’s capabilities”.

New Delhi additionally mentioned {that a} “comprehensive assessment” of India’s home necessities has confirmed the “availability of medicines for all possible contingencies”. It mentioned that the inventory place “could allow” Indian firms to satisfy the export commitments they’ve already made.

On April 4, after Trump made the request for provides of HCQ in a telephone name to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, New Delhi was “considering the request”, The Indian Express had reported.

Incidentally, that very same day, the federal government had banned exports of HCQ, a drug Trump has repeatedly touted as a “game changer” within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 however whose effectiveness is being debated. Besides the US, Brazil, some European nations, and neighbouring nations too, are asking for HCQ.

HCQ tablets are recognised as a prophylactic for these on the frontline of the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 — medical doctors, nurses, paramedics and first responders — and can be utilized to deal with sufferers contaminated with the virus.

Articulating the shift within the Indian authorities’s place, the newly appointed official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, mentioned Tuesday: “Our first obligation is to ensure that there are adequate stocks of (COVID-related) medicines for the requirement of our own people. In order to ensure this, some temporary steps were taken to restrict exports of a number of pharmaceutical products.”

“Given the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has always maintained that the international community must display strong solidarity and cooperation. This approach also guided our evacuation of nationals of other countries. In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, it has been decided that India would licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries who are dependent on our capabilities. We will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic. We would therefore discourage any speculation in this regard or any attempts to politicise the matter,” the MEA spokesperson mentioned.

Early on Tuesday (India time), Trump had mentioned “there may be retaliation” if India doesn’t conform to export hydroxychloroquine.

“I would be surprised if he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) would, you know, because India does very well with the United States,” Trump mentioned at a White House press briefing when a reporter requested whether or not he was fearful about “retaliation to the ban on export of medical goods” from India.

“I don’t like that decision, I didn’t hear that that was his decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday, we had a very good talk and we’ll see whether or not that’s his… For many years, they’ve been taken advantage of the United States on trade. So I would be surprised if that were his decision. He’d have to tell me that. I spoke to him Sunday morning, called him, and I said, we’d appreciate you allowing our supply to come out. If he doesn’t allow it to come out. That would be OK. But of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn’t there be?” the US President mentioned.

With greater than 350,000 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus an infection and over 10,000 deaths, the US has emerged as the brand new epicentre of the pandemic.

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