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India’s Hydroxychloroquine has become synonymous to Sanjeevani Booti for the World



India’s Hydroxychloroquine has become synonymous to Sanjeevani Booti for the World

Ritu Yadav.
As the world grapples with COVID-19, India’s anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine has become equivalent to Sanjeevani Booti for various countries. The US Donald Trump president thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for agreeing to revoke the ban on the export of anti-malarial drug. While Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro compared India’s effort to that of Lord Hanuman saving Laxmana in the epic of Ramayana.
Prime Minister Modi said that India will do everything feasible to aid humanity’s battle against COVID-19. He said this in response to the U.S. President’s gratitude towards India, for the decision to allow the export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
Trump described Modi’s as “terrific” for revoking the ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine to the US, which is seen as a possible cure for COVID-19, and said that India’s help in these extraordinary times “will not be forgotten”
India, the largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, agreed to revoke the ban on the export of the medicine to the U.S., after Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister over the phone last week.

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Also, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro wrote to Prime Minister Modi and made a reference to the Hindu epic Ramayana while making a request. “Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana” Mr. Bolsonaro’s letter said.
Mr. Bolsonaro, who was the chief guest for India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations in January, spoke to PM Modi last week to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. The PM assured all possible support to Mr. Bolsonaro and the people of Brazil.

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India’s neighboring countries, such as Sri Lanka and Nepal, have also put in orders for the drug. India said it would consider all exports on a case-by-case basis.
After sending antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which is believed to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19, to the needy countries like Brazil and Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is ready to do everything possible to help its friends in the fight against the novel Coronavirus. He said that India’s partnership with Brazil was “stronger than ever in these challenging times”, while responding to a comment by Brazil’s President in which he thanked the people of India for allowing export of raw materials for the anti-malarial drug.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Indian counterpart for quickly releasing a five-tonne cargo of medicines, including anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
India is one of the world’s largest producers of pharmaceuticals; however, export restrictions on dozens of drugs, including paracetamol and various antibiotics were put in place last month, in order to preserve domestic supply. The Indian government confirmed on Tuesday that it would also be partially revoking the ban, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic.

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