US President Donald Trump
indicated that there might be "retaliation" if India doesn't release
the US order for the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine used to fight COVID-19. India had banned all exports of the drug after the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the globe. Trump said, reported ANI, "I spoke to him [PM Modi] on Sunday morning and I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply [of hydroxychloroquine] to come out. If he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?"
In a telephone conversation a few days back, Trump had requested PM Modi to release a US order for the same. "After a call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is giving serious consideration to releasing the hold it put on a US order for hydroxychloroquine," Trump said, reported NDTV
. "India makes a lot of it. They need a lot too for their billion-plus people. The hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug will be released through the Strategic National Stockpile for treatment," he said. India had, after the COVID-19 outbreak, banned the export of the drug.
Decades old malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine appears to have some good
results in the treatment of coronavirus patients, Trump said. "We continue to study the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and other therapies in the treatment and prevention of the virus and will keep the American people fully informed in our findings," Trump told reporters during a press briefing at the White House. Trump said that it looked as if hydroxychloroquine is having some good results. "It's looking like it [hydroxychloroquine] is having some good results. I hope that would be a phenomenal thing," Trump said, days after the US Federal and Drug Administration approved the drug being used in the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.
The Union health ministry had also
recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin, on
those severely suffering from COVID-19 who require ICU management. In its
revised guidelines on the 'Clinical Management of COVID-19, the ministry said
the drug is presently not recommended for children aged less than 12 and
pregnant and lactating women.
its revised guidelines on the 'Clinical Management of COVID-19' issued on
Tuesday, the ministry said the drug is presently not recommended for children
aged less than 12 and pregnant and lactating women.