Just after Prime Minister Narendra Modi allowed the export of raw materials to continue production of hydroxychloroquine, several world leaders praised him. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has thanked PM Modi for the supply of the anti-malarial drug believed effective in the treatment of the novel coronavirus.
On Wednesday, Mr Bolsonaro said while addressing the nation that he is grateful to PM Modi and the people of India for “timely help to the people of Brazil”.
“We have more good news. As an outcome of my direct conversation with the Prime Minister of India, we will receive, by Saturday, raw materials to continue production of hydroxychloroquine so we can treat patients of COVID-19 as well as of lupus, malaria, and arthritis. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for such timely help to the people of Brazil,” Mr Bolsonaro said.
The Brazilian President was criticized for downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and considering it as a “little flu”. India has been urged by over 30 countries to release the supplies of hydroxychloroquine. The special drug has been identified by the US’s Food and Drug Administration to be effective in curing the virus.
President Bolsonaro wrote to the Indian Prime Minister referencing Ramayana, the Hindu epic, “Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana…”
India produces around 70% of the world’s supply which was banned on March 25. On Tuesday, India lifted the ban after President Trump warned that there will be “retaliation” if India did not allow the sale of the drug. US President Trump also thanked PM Modi and Indian people for the supply of the drug.