In an interview on Monday night, US President Donald Trump said that a sizeable chunk of the 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine bought by the U.S. to combat the coronavirus pandemic is from India.
“I bought millions of doses (of hydroxychloroquine). More than 29 million. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi, a lot of it (hydroxychloroquine) comes out of India. I asked him if he would release it? He was great. He was really good,” Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News on Monday night.
Last week, Trump had requested Prime Minister Modi to export hydroxychloroquine to the US during their telephonic conversation but India, having placed on the ban of export of this drug, had refused.
This announcement comes after a warning of Trump that USA would retaliate if India refused to cooperate and lift its ban on exports of this anti malarial drug.
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India is the biggest producer and largest exporter of the anti-malarial drug, which is termed by Trump to be a “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19.