Hours after the US President Donald Trump thanks India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accepting its request of releasing Hydroxychloroquine to the US for treating the COVID-19 patients, On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi replies to him.
In a Tweet, President Trump said, “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 Narendra Modi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”.
To which PM Modi replied saying, “Fully agree with you President Donald Trump. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever. India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together”.
Fully agree with you President @realDonaldTrump. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 9, 2020
India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19.
We shall win this together. https://t.co/0U2xsZNexE
Earlier, US President Donald Trump threatened India with retaliation and said that if India fails to release the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to the United States it will be fine but there will be retaliation.
Soon after, India said that the government will supply the essential drugs to all the countries which are affected by the novel Coronavirus. However, India clarified that like any other responsible nation, the government will first make sure it has enough stocks for domestic consumption, which, earlier, led to a ban on exports of drugs temporarily.
As India had halted all the exports of medicine, Donald Trump called PM Modi and requested that the shipment US ordered should be released. Washington has been pushing Hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure for COVID-19 which the FDA approved for trial in New York, however, the cure has not been proved yet.
India agreed that it will lift the ban and said the medicine will be supplied to not just the US but also other nations. Brazil has been supplied with the medicine as well.
On Wednesday, as Trump addressed the reporters he said, “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”.
There are 3 Gujarat based companies which are tasked with the export of the tablets to the US, Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat said on Tuesday.
India is the World leader in producing this anti-malaria medicine.
As of Thursday morning, Coronavirus has infected at least 15 lakh people worldwide with having claimed the lives of over 88.5 thousand people of them. The US alone has more than 4 lakh cases reported out of the total number with 14,797 deaths reported from this virus. In India, the numbers are under control but increase rapidly, as of now almost 6,000 cases have been reported and 178 people have lost their lives owing to this virus.