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The Hydroxychloroquine Controversy: President Trump Changes Course, Says ‘Modi Was Great’

Soon after his threatening remark about ‘retaliation’ if India does not export Hydroxychloroquine, US President Donald Trump switched to a softer tone.

The change in course comes after New Delhi exported 29 ion doses of Hydroxychloroquine to the US, as confirmed by Trump in an interview with Fox News.

The drug and its importance

The anti-malaria drug, Hydroxychloroquine, is produced in India in abundance. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)  has approved its usage for the treatment of novel coronavirus patients.

ICMR also added that the drug does not guarantee security and people must continue to take precautions.

However, according to Trump Hydroxychloroquine is a “game-changer.” The drug is being tested on more than 1,500 patients in New York.

Request that turned into ‘threat’

Recently, the US president called PM Narendra Modi and requested him to release the drugs. India said that it has taken the request into consideration.

However, soon Trump changed his tone and said, “If he (PM Modi) doesn’t allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn’t there be?”

The change in tone

Trump’s tone turned softer once the drug was released. In a telephone interview with Fox News, The US President said “I bought millions of doses… more than 29 million. I spoke to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, a lot of it comes out of India. I asked him if he would release it. He was great. He was really good.”

Trump took to Twitter to thank PM Modi:

It is to be noted that the US is not the only country to request the export of the drug. Other nations that have made similar requests include Israel, Australia, Spain, Bahrain, Germany, and France.

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro added reference from Ramayana in the letter he wrote PM Modi for requesting for the drug.

“Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana, and Jesus healed those who were sick and restored the sight to Bartomeu, India and Brazil will overcome this global crisis,” Bolsonaro said.

He also said that the two nations will make it through the crisis by joining hands.

MEA’s request to not politicize the matter

The Ministry of External Affairs announced that Hydroxychloroquine will be exported to neighboring nations and countries that were badly-hit. It also urged not to politicize the matter.

Anurag Srivastav, spokesperson of MEA informed that the decision had been taken on humanitarian grounds.

“We would, therefore, discourage any speculation in this regard or any attempts to politicize the matter,” he added.

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