President Trump praises, thanks PM Modi profusely for HCQ


By Aarti Tikoo Singh

New Delhi/Washington, Apr 9 (IANS): The US president Donald Trump on Thursday profusely praised and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decision to supply hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the anti-malaria drug used for COVID-19 disease, to some of the most affected nations.

In his morning tweet, President Trump said, "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 Narendra Modi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!"

President Trump's admiration for Modi and gratitude towards India, put rest to several speculative media reports that claimed that the Indian government had taken the decision to lift the ban on the export of HCQ under the "threat of retaliation" in international trade by the US.

At a White House press briefing on Monday President Trump, in response to a question whether he was worried about "retaliation to the US ban on export of medical goods" from India, had said, "I would be surprised if he (Modi) would, you know, because India does very well with the US... I spoke to him Sunday morning, called him, and I said, we'd appreciate you allowing our supply (of HCQ) to come out. If he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be ok. But of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn't there be?"

Trump's response to the reporter's leading question was construed by some sections of Indian media as a threat even as the government denied that it had taken the decision under any pressure.

In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, India on Tuesday decided to licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to neighbouring countries who are dependent on Indian capabilities. India will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations which have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic, a ministry of external affairs statement said.

The US as of now has the highest number of the novel coronavirus cases in the world, with over 418,000 cases of infections and over 14,200 deaths. Relatively, India has managed to contain the pandemic with 178 deaths and over 5900 cases of infections.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade has notified lifting restrictions on 14 drugs. Paracetamol and HCQ, have been kept in a licensed category and their demand status is to be continuously monitored. HCQ is being used to treat COVID-19 patients and as prophylactic by the frontline health care workers deployed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Modi government had imposed a ban on export of the drug since the coronavirus outbreak hit India.

  

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    It is good gesture to help other countries on Humanitarian ground, but the ban was lifted after the retaliation threat.

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Whether it's threat or ego, the wise thing is to supply HCQ if we have sufficient reserves for domestic usage at hour of need. Reasons :-
    1. If we have surplus production, India's capacity would be 35 crore tablets per month.
    2. Thus, we must supply to those hard hit countries.
    3. Revenue generation when economy is collapsing
    4. If any country comes up with a vaccine, we should get it.
    5. Cooperation is the need of the hour. But. We should maintain an inventory of 15 - 20 crores of HCQ tablets

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Agree with Mr.Ahmed

    Jai Hind!
    May God Bless all.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    A threat to lift the ban and now a left handed compliment! What was required was a sincere apology. Yesterday he was accusing WHO too for his failure and if you watched his interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News last night, you couldn't help feeling sorry for Americans, Trump seemed to have totally lost it. Joe Biden is their only hope after November.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Colour changing Chameleon, a day after threatening modi with retaliation 😜

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    President Trump,
    Who received your $ 2.5 Million ...

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Considering that the threat of retalliation by President Trump was virtually condemmed by all in India and since Modi did buckle under the threat it was therefore Prudent for Trump to offer carrots to Modi for domestic consumption in India.

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  • pradeep, mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Praising Modi after threatening India with retalition if we did not supply the drugs.This is because Trump still needs votes in upcoming elections from NRI bhakts who were angry with Trump for the threat after we spent crores for Namaste Trump event.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Hidroxycloroquine is not approved by FDA. Some aged people can't take the side effects of it..i.e rapid heart rates

    Dr. Trump is giving wrong advice to the world. Don't take it blindly without a doctors prescription

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Now where is Mr.Sabal or Sibal ?
    Going on talking nonsense....Even Trumps grandfather cannot threaten India ....This is a different India you see! In fact US and UK are learning from India to tackle the Virus ! Trump tried romancing the virus too and Boris's story you all know ...almost had a knock out !
    God save all.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Old Indian done film story.
    First you threaten the culprit once the victim are conered . ransom given after negotiation. coming out saying we are friends .
    but Don will never trust the surrendered Guy.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Seeing ' Don ' oriented films only results in such mindset and dialogue.In some cases you tend to look rulers of largest democracies also as 'Dons '.' ' Donvisio Syndrome ".
    Seeing romantic,meaningful films also helps have a balanced mind set.
    Lock down has given a chance to improve outlook to many.

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  • Rajaram, Manipal

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Power of Modiji...as a mass leader.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    or is it the need of HCQ that drove Trump to praise? Just two days ago, if you remember, he had threatened India!!!

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  • Rajaram, Manipal

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Country from where our prime minister not issued visa for many years..now begging for help. waqt waqt ki baat.

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  • pradeep, mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    They did not beg,they threatened us with retaliation.Don't live in a fools paradise!

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    He go the visa because they cannot ignore India's purchasing power which previous PM's built, its not their fault that we voted uneducated.

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