Trump requests Modi to release Hydroxychloroquine ordered by US

Around the world countries are expanding access to the two compounds which are used to treat malaria and are known to have anti-viral properties

President Donald Trump is again touting a drug used to treat certain other diseases and says he may take it himself in hope that it will help fend off the new coronavirus.

On March 25, India had banned the export of hydroxychloroquine, which is used primarily to treat malaria and lupus.

"After call today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is giving serious consideration to releasing the hold it put on a US order for hydroxychloroquine", US President Trump announced at the White House Coronavirus task force briefing that he requested PM Narendra Modi for more Hydroxychloroquine tablets.

"One of the reasons that I keep talking about hydroxychloroquine is that the question that nobody ever asks, and the question that I most hate the answer to, is what happens if you do have a ventilator", Trump said.

Following a quick provisional approval from the US Food and Drug Administration last Saturday, the malaria drug along with a combination of some other drug is being used in the treatment of about 1,500 COVID-19 patients in NY, the epicentre in the US. For the Trump Organization, it is causing two additional headaches in the form of slowing down talks to sell its lease in the Washington hotel, according to the Journal, and as The New York Times reported, asking Deutsche Bank AG to delay loan payments. Take it. I really think they should take it. try it, if you'd like. If successful, he told reporters that it would be a gift from heaven.

"It is very important that patients and healthcare professionals only use chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for their authorised uses or as part of clinical trials or national emergency-use programmes for the treatment of COVID-19", a statement read. "In some cases, they're in bad shape", the president said.

The state is the epicentre of the pandemic in the USA with 114,775 cases, anAincrease of 11,299 since Friday, and a total toll of 3,565 deaths, according to Worldometer.

Modi also conveyed deep condolences for the loss of lives in the U.S. and his prayers for an early recovery of those still suffering from the disease.

"The two leaders agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to resolutely and effectively combat COVID-19", the PMO said.

Trump said that he would take Hydroxychloroquine, if needed.

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