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India agrees to export malaria drug after Trump threat

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday announced to ease restrictions on export of a malaria drug seen as a potential coronavirus treatment, after US President Donald Trump hinted at “retaliation”.

Citing domestic needs, India banned on Saturday exports of hydroxychloroquine which has shown early promise against COVID-19 in small-scale studies in France and China.

India is the world´s largest producer and exporter of the drug, according to media reports.

Global stocks are however limited and Trump said that he had pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend to expedite shipments, hinting at consequences otherwise.

“If he doesn´t allow it to come out, he doesn´t allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn´t there be?” Trump said on Monday.

The Indian foreign ministry swiftly backtracked and on Tuesday said it would now license the export of the drug and paracetamol — exports of which were restricted in March — “in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries who are dependent on our capabilities.”

“We will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic,” foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement.

He added that they would be “kept in a licensed category and… continuously monitored.”

Trump has strongly touted hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment although many scientists are urging caution until larger trials show whether it is safe and effective.

Hydroxychloroquine and another drug, chloroquine, have been used for decades against malaria but they have potentially serious side effects, especially in high doses or administered with other medications.

The European Medicine Agency warned last week that the two drugs should not be used to treat COVID-19 cases, except for clinical trials or in the event of a “national emergency”.

The Times of India reported that New Delhi had also come under pressure from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and from other countries including Britain, France, Germany and Brazil over pharma exports.



3 Comments

  1. SKChadha said:

    Threat ! … Are you joking? The medical reports, the sudden spurt world around in use of these drugs, made India to halt its export to assess local requirement in coming days. India already having confirmed orders from US for imports which were also halted (not refused). Let Uncle Sam or any other nation jump … Is it wrong? The International Trade is always on mutual equitable terms. The same Uncle Sam jumped a lot during 1971, threatening India with USS Enterprise and didn’t work. Those fools who thing that such jumps would work now are naive. After the assessment of raw material, manufacturing capacity, existing stock, international trade relations etc., the GoI is now allowing its controlled export to the nations in need, with priority to neighbouring nations excluding jungle. GoI in these tested times around world is also ready to grant limited licence to its neighbouring nations. Wait and watch. 🙂

  2. SKChadha said:

    While I was typing my comments the facts came out clear right from US 🙂 Even before Trump was speaking in press conference, India had already decided easing of restrictions and supply of Hydroxychloroquine to nations desiring it most. India had also confirmed about releasing supply of drug to Brazil, US State Health Department and many other nations around the world . There is some goof-up in USHD & President Office resulting blabbers by Trump. The issue for India is not of Trump’s desire but of the requirement of drug by people around the world and US citizenry. 🙂🙂

    Forget the supply from India, the Gujju Modi Bhai had already made arranged for supply of drug (20m Tablets) to US Government right in their own land through a Gujju US drug manufacturer. 🙂 Sir, India is certainly not an Iron Brother but it is true Hanuman supplying Sanjeevni Booti in time, as Brazilian PM wrote in his tweet on India’s quick response in the matter. 🙂🙂

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