Donald Trump requests PM Modi to release hydroxychloroquine tablets for the US
Washington : US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release the supply hydroxychloroquine tablets that can be used to treat COVID-19 patients.
"After call today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is giving serious consideration to releasing the hold it put on a US order for hydroxychloroquine," US President Trump announced at the White House Coronavirus task force briefing that he requested PM Narendra Modi for more Hydroxychloroquine tablets.
President Donald Trump also mentioned that he may also take a tablet of hydroxychloroquine.
"I may take it too, will have to talk to my doctors," he added.
"India makes a lot of it. They need a lot too for their billion-plus people. The hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug will be released through the Strategic National Stockpile for treatment," he said.
"I said I would appreciate if they would release the amounts that we ordered" of hydroxychloroquine, he said.
The Indian government has put on hold the export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and its formulations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, "Had an extensive telephone conversation with President @realDonaldTrump. We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19."
Prime Minister conveyed deep condolences for the loss of lives in the United States and his prayers for the early recovery of those still suffering from the disease.