Soon after India lifted the ban on the export of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to the U.S., President Donald Trump praised India’s PM Narendra Modi and called him “terrific.” Last week, President Trump had a phone call with India’s PM requesting him to supply hydroxychloroquine to the U.S. as the drug could possibly cure COVID-19. India, the largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, has agreed to export the drug to the U.S., and now three Gujarat-based companies would supply the anti-malaria drug to the U.S.
Addressing reports at his routined White House news conference on coronavirus, Trump, on Wednesday, 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.”
Trump also made a tweet earlier, praising Narendra Modi for his strong leadership, and said that India’s cooperation during this crisis “will not be forgotten.”
“Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and 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!” Trump wrote in the tweet that was re-tweeted more than 60,000 times and liked by over 200,000 people.
Till Thursday morning, 435,160 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been registered in the U.S., and 14,797 people have lost their lives due to this pandemic.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure for COVID-19, and the drug is being given to more than 1,500 coronavirus patients in New York.