New Delhi: Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug, is fast becoming the most sought-after medicine for countries dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, even though there is no evidence that warrants cure from this drug. After US President Donald Trump whose request for the drug was followed by a threat of “retaliation” if India did not cede to his demand, Brazil has now invoked Ramayana to request New Delhi the export of this medicine. Also Read - I Asked Him if He Would Release Hydroxychloroquine; He Was Really Good, Says Donald Trump on Modi
“Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Laksmana, and Jesus healed those who were sick and restored the sight to Bartimeu, India and Brazil will overcome this global crisis by joining forces and sharing blessings for the sake of all peoples. Please accept, your Excellency, the assurances of my highest esteem and consideration,” President Jair Bolsonaro said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - When They Call Every Shot Wrong: Donald Trump Slams WHO For Covid-19, Says Will Stop US Fund
Earlier, the government had put a hold on the export of this drug, citing the depletion of stock. Also Read - 'If PM Modi Doesn't Allow...': Trump Warns India of 'Retaliation' if US Order of Hydroxychloroquine Not Released
However, Trump and PM Modi spoke over the phone last week. During the call, Trump requested Modi to lift the hold on the American order of hydroxychloroquine, of which India is the major producer.
Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for the COVID-19 and it is being tested on more than 1,500 coronavirus patients in New York
“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,” foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava later said in a statement following the request by the US.
“We will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic,” he added.
Notably, other countries that have requested the supply of Hydroxychloroquine include India and Sri Lanka.