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Did India revoke the ban on the export of  COVID 19 drug under the pressure from the U.S?

Did India revoke the ban on the export of COVID 19 drug under the pressure from the U.S?

Vicky | Tue Apr 14 2020

India on Tuesday step aside its earlier notification about the blanket ban on the export of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Currently, Hydroxychloroquine(HCQ) is being used in many countries including the U.S. as a possible drug for COVID-19, a pandemic that has cliamed more than 74 thousand lives worldwide. Indian Govt in its order on 25th March 2020 had banned the export of Hydroxychloroquine(HCQ)and paracetamol to ensure sufficient availability of the medicine in the Indian market. The demand of the drug was spiked after Mr Trump tweeted it being effective in the treatment of the COVID-19 even though there is clinical evidence of the same.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava backing the decision told media, “In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, it has been decided that India would licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries who are dependent on our capabilities. We will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations that have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic,” " Like any responsible government, our first obligation is to ensure that there are adequate stocks of medicines for the requirement of our own people. In order to ensure this, some temporary steps were taken to restrict exports of a number of pharmaceutical products" He added.

Earlier on Monday US president had threatened of "Retaliation"

I spoke to him (PM Modi), Sunday morning & I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply (of Hydroxychloroquine) to come out, if he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?: US Pres Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/kntAqATp4J

— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2020

The MEA announcement that came hours after US president "Retaliation" remarks has put Modi govt in a bad light with opposition leaving no stone unturned to criticise the govt. CPI(Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury blamed Modi govt of succumbing to the threat.

The statement by US President is unacceptable. But Modi govt has succumbed to the threat by allowing the export. That this happened after an expensive gala was organised for him by Modi, instead of preparing to contain Covid-19, shows how this govt has let down India. https://t.co/3g1K4Q0bfi

— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) April 7, 2020

While Rahul Gandhi tweeted:

Friendship isn’t about retaliation. India must help all nations in their hour of need but lifesaving medicines should be made available to Indians in ample quantities first.

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 7, 2020

Current POTUS is known for his irresponsible remarks and decisions which in past has created embarrassment, not only for his government but also it's counterparts. This time too his statement has infuriated hundreds of millions of Indian and the announcement by MEA has lead to a denunciation of Mr Modi who is known for his tough stand among his followers.The government has emphasized it will allow export of the medicine on humanitarian grounds on a case-to-case basis on the Ministry of External Affairs’ recommendation. The Center said that current stocks of HCQ and other drugs that had been freed for export were sufficient for “for all possible contingencies”.

Currently, in India, there are 4394 active cases of COVID 19 while 137 people have already lost their fight against the pandemic. While DailyTok fully supports the Govt Decision on the revocation of the ban, the statement by POTUS is both irresponsible and demeaning for a friend like India.

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