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Israel receives 5 tonne hydroxychloroquine from India

On 25 March, India prohibited the export of hydroxychloroquine, but on 6 April, exports were allowed to 14 countries in the grip of COVID

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending 5 tonne chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine from India. Earlier, US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had thanked Modi for the export of the anti-malarial drug that can be used to treat patients of the coronavirus disease (COVID) as well.

[Hydroxychloroquine is being used all over the world. By Saturday, quintals of the medicine sent by India will arrive in Brazil.]

The US, Brazil and Israel had sought this help from India. Prime Minister Modi had assured the heads of these states that, in order to end the global pandemic, India would make these medicines available to all humanity.

On Thursday evening, the Twitter handle of the Prime Minister of Israel posted, “Thank you, my dear friend, Narendra Modi, on behalf of all the citizens of Israel for sending chloroquine.”

An aircraft filled with medicines arrived in Israel on Tuesday. On 3 April, Israel had made a formal request for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. India despatched the consignment of medicines to Israel on Tuesday.

Earlier on 13 March, Israel had sought masks and other necessary medical aid.

Israel has so far registered more than 10,000 COVID cases, of which 86 people have died and 121 patients are on ventilators.

India is the world’s leading producer and largest exporter of this drug. On 25 March, India had prohibited the export of hydroxychloroquine, but on 6 April, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said essential drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, would be exported to 14 countries in the grip of the pandemic. The directorate announced that the ban on the export would be lifted soon.

Chloroquine was initially used to treat malaria. Later, it was used for relief from arthritis and joint pains.

Hydroxychloroquine is an advanced version of the same drug. Investigations so far have proved that this drug is effective to some extent in the treatment of COVID. There is no other cure for this disease.

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