Trump Says India’s Helpful Gesture “Will Not Be Forgotten” For Allowing Key Drug Export

Suvashish Chander Bhattacharyya
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When the times are extraordinary, then the bonding between friends should be even stronger than normal. In adverse times only should the cooperation between friends be even more than that is required. That is what US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday after thanking India profusely for allowing the export of 29 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug believed effective in the treatment of Coronavirus.

His gratefulness can be clearly seen from his tweet which goes on like this,”Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!” Clearly, in the time of peril, the Indian Prime Minister has provided timely help to the United States.

Trump added,”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.” This was something that he told reporters during his daily White House news conference on the pandemic.

Earlier the POTUS had warned India of “retaliation” if there were any disagreements regarding the export of the anti-malarial drug, Hydroxychloroquine, which is presently being tested as a coronavirus cure.

The government of India has been facing an incomparable pressure and requests for this key drug from over 30 countries. These requests have been led by the United States. On Tuesday, the government stated that it would allow limited exports of Hydroxychloroquine to those countries that have been badly affected by this Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Trump, on Wednesday, confirmed that the first shipment (with 29 million doses) of the drug was on its way to USA. The export was made from three factories in Gujarat as reported by various news agencies.

As reported by the John Hopkins University, the US recorded approximately 2,000 novel coronavirus deaths for a second consecutive day and it has brought the total number of US fatalities to 14,695.

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