Udayavni Special

PM Modi terrific, ‘will not be forgotten’: Trump


PTI, Apr 9, 2020, 8:45 AM IST

Washington: Amid the medical fraternity racing against time for a panacea against COVID-19, which has infected a whopping 4.3 lakh Americans and claimed over 14,600 lives, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, April 8 thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing export of Hydroxychloroquine, deemed a possible cure against the disease.

“I want to thank Prime Minister Modi of India for allowing us to have what we requested for the problem arose and he was terrific. We will remember it,” Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference on coronavirus.

In a tweet, hours earlier, Trump praised Modi for his strong leadership and said that India’s help during this crisis will not be forgotten.

“Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten!” he said.

“Thank you, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!” Trump said in a tweet that son went viral. It was retweeted more than 60,000 times and liked by over two lakhs Twitterati.

By Wednesday night, more than 14,600 Americans had lost their lives due to coronavirus and over 4.3 lakhs have tested positive for the dreaded disease.

Scientists and the medical fraternity are racing against time to find a vaccine and a therapeutic solution to it.

Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for the COVID-19 and it is being tested on more than 1,500 coronavirus patients in New York. Anticipating that it will work, given initial positive results, Trump has bought more than 30 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine for potential treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Trump, in a phone call last week, had requested Prime Minister Modi to release the hold on American order of the malaria drug, of which India is the major producer. India lifted the hold on Tuesday.

India on Monday agreed to lift the ban on export of Hydroxychloroquine to the US. Three Gujarat-based companies would export these tablets to the US, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Tuesday. India manufactures 70 per cent of the world’s supply of Hydroxychloroquine, according to Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) secretary-general Sudarshan Jain.

The country has a production capacity of 40 tonnes of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) every month, implying 20 crore tablets of 200 mg each. And since the drug is also used to auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, manufacturers have good production capacities that can also be ramped up.

Top News

Karnataka: Hotels and restaurants to open in few days

COVID-19: 3 Qatar returnees in DK, 3 Maha returnees in Udupi test positive; state toll rises to 2282

Cyclone Amphan a blessing in disguise for lockdown-hit jobless labourers in West Bengal

COVID-19 death toll in India climbs to 4,167

WHO suspends COVID-19 trials of HCQ over safety issues

Udupi: Three-month-old video goes viral; DC clarifies

Bengaluru: Govt schools in Malleshwaram to soon be exposed to e-learning, says Ashwath Narayan

Related Articles More

Airbus technical experts from France reach Pakistan to assist in PIA crash probe

Pak’s COVID-19 tally soars to 57,705

Stormy weather puts damper on SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch

COVID-19: Indian-American couple develops low-cost ventilator

WHO suspends COVID-19 trials of HCQ over safety issues

MUST WATCH

Tragedy and chaos: Former MIA director recalls Mangalore Air Crash

Lockdown relaxation: Long queues outside liquor stores in Mangaluru

Indian Coast Guard thank Covid-19 warriors

#WeFeed – Feeding stray animals during lockdown!

Mysuru-origin doctor honoured with parade for her service in treating COVID-19 patients in US

Latest Additions

Rapid antibody tests only for surveillance purpose: HC

NCP says Maharashtra govt stable, slams BJP over President rule rumour

Squash player Fadte returns to Goa after being stuck in UK

Karnataka: Hotels and restaurants to open in few days

Gowda quarantine row: Karnataka revises SOP; exempts ministers, officials from quarantine

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.