The government had placed a hold on hydroxychloroquine exports, saying the stocks were draining after the coronavirus emerged due to the hit to global supply chains.
Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug that US President Donald Trump is considering as a treatment for patients with coronavirus, has become one of the most searched after drugs in the world.
Brazil has now invoked Ramayana following America’s threat of ‘retaliation’ to ask New Delhi to export malaria drugs for COVID-19 cure.
“As Lord Hanuman got the Himalayan holy medicine to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Laksmana and Jesus healed those that were sick and gave sight to Bartimeu, India and Brazil will resolve this global crisis by joining hands and exchanging blessings for the good of all peoples. Please accept the assurances of my highest respect and reverence, Your Excellency, “read President Jair Bolsonaro’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India has had a ban on drug exports, but yesterday the government made a statement saying they would allow restricted exports of anti-malarial drugs to the nations that have suffered as a result of the pandemic.
On Saturday PM Modi had talked to Mr. Bolsonaro and he tweeted about the same. He wrote, ‘Had a positive telephone conversation with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro about how India and Brazil should join hands against the pandemic # COVID19.’
PM Modi said Brazil will receive assistance from the country and officials from both nations will remain in constant contact to address the current COVID-19 situation.
Yet Trump spoke to PM Modi throughout the weekend seeking supplies and Monday said India could face backlash if the ban on exports was not lifted.
India’s neighbors have also tried the anti-malaria drug, like Nepal.
Later, foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, “It was agreed that India would license paracetamol and HCQ to all our neighboring countries that rely on our capabilities in sufficient quantities.”
“We will also supply some nations with these vital drugs which have been especially badly affected by the pandemic,” he said.
India now has over 5,000 cases of coronavirus with 149 deaths while Brazil have more than 14,000 cases and 688 deaths.