Caronavirus Pandemic:Trump wants India to release US order of hydroxychloroquine

When Trump spoke at the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in Washington, the number of those in the US affected by the virus had reached 311,357, an increase of 34,196 since Friday, according to Worldometers.com. The total number of deaths from the virus was 8,452.


Washington:

US President Donald Trump has said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release the amount of Hydroxychloroquine ordered by the United States, a medicine in short supply that could help with facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Trump said he called Modi on Saturday morning and told him: "I'd appreciate if they would release the amounts that we ordered and they are giving it serious consideration."

 

He held out hope of the ban being released because "they make large amounts of hydroxychloroquine, very large amounts, frankly."  

 

About India's ban on its export, Trump said, "They hold (the medicine) because they have 1.5 billion people."


On March 25, India banned the export of hydroxychloroquine, which is used primarily to treat malaria and lupus.

 

India's Directorate General of Foreign Trade on March 25 banned the export of Hydroxychloroquine but said that certain shipments on humanitarian grounds may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. 
 

Trump, who has been promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive and a therapeutic drug for Covid-19, said that he might try it himself.

 

"I may take it, and I may have to ask my doctors about that," he said.

 

There has been a run on the medicine in the US because of the reports of its efficacy against coronavirus.

 

Responding to the shortages, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, anAIndian American, has ordered its sale restricted to only those with a diagnosis and a patient record.

 

"Stockpiling and hoarding drugs, and inappropriate prescribing for friends and family, is unacceptable." he said.

 

When Trump spoke at the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in Washington, the number of those in the US affected by the virus had reached 311,357, an increase of 34,196 since Friday, according to Worldometers.com. The total number of deaths from the virus was 8,452.

 

Trump's recommendation for the use hydroxychloroquine has faced opposition from the media, some of which have labelled it "dangerous." 
 


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