PM Modi draws praise from Brazil, USA over export of anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine

On Wednesday, USA President Donald Trump applauded Indian government and showered praise on PM Modi for his decision to increase exports of the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquin. It is worth mentioning here that the Indian government has decided to ease its ban on the export of this drug in view of the humanitarian aspects of COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, India is one of the leading manufacturers of Hydroxychloroquine in the world.


The pandemic situation in the US is getting grimmer as more than 14,700 people have died from the novel Coronavirus across the country, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

In response to Trump’s tweet, Indian PM also took to Twitter and said, “India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together.”

Like the USA, Brazil has referred to Ramayana while making a request for export of the anti-malaria 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 Bartimeu, India and Brazil will overcome the global crisis by joining forces and sharing blessings for the sake of all people,” Brazilian President Bolsonaro wrote in a letter to PM Modi.

Last week, Brazil’s lower house of Congress also approved a constitutional amendment for a “war budget” to separate COVID-19-related expenditure from the government’s main budget & shield the economy. Notably, Brazil has more than 16,000 covid-19 positive cases, with 688 fatalities so far.

Coronavirus is continuing to spread globally with now more than 1.5 million cases worldwide, while the global death toll has surpassed 88,000. More than 17,000 people have died in Italy, followed by the US and Spain, according to Johns Hopkins University.