Trump Draws Flak Over Retaliation Remark

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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has red-flagged the export of hydroxychloroquine to the United states and said that the “life saving” drug should be made available to the country first…reports Asian Lite News

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses during an election rally organised to campaign for the party candidate Poonam Azad, ahead of February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, at Delhi's Sangam Vihar on Feb 4, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Photo: IANS)

The central government has decided to lift ban on the export of this drug.

Congress leader slammed the US President on his “retaliation” jibe on the issue of the drug export.

“Friendship isn’t about retaliation. India must help all nations in their hour of need but life saving medicines should be made available to Indians in ample quantities first,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress leader said that there are reports that hydroxychloroquine is out of stock in the retail market as the government decided to export the drug which is essentially to be used by frontline corona warriors.

The World Health Organisation has recommended to use this anti-malarial drug as preventive medecine, including for health workers medics and paramedics.

The government has decided to lift a partial ban on hydroxychloroquine after US President Donald Trump requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to export the drug to aid America’s fight against the deadly Covid-19 disease.

Official sources said that the government will clear the existing orders immediately on humanitarian grounds. The Centre, sources said, will not ban but restrict the export of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol depending on the availability of stock after meeting domestic requirements.

President Trump had called Prime Minister Modi, requesting him to supply the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine that is being used to treat Covid-19 patients and as prophylactic by the frontline health care workers deployed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Modi government had imposed a ban on export of the drug since the coronavirus outbreak hit India.

Tharoor slams Trump

Kolkata: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor addresses at "Inspire The Champion In You Series" programme in Kolkata, on Jan 18, 2019. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS) by .
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

After Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, other party leaders Shashi Tharoor and Jaiveer Shergill on Tuesday slammed US President Donald Trump’s alleged threat to retaliate in case India did not supply a drug requested for by Trump to fight coronavirus.

Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor said: “Never in my decades of experience in world affairs have I heard of a Head of State or government openly threatening another like this.”

“What makes Indian hydroxychloroquine ‘our supply’, Mr President? It only becomes your supply when India decides to sell it to you,” said Tharoor.

Trump called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday and allegedly said that the US could “retaliate” if India did not release drug that he termed “game-changer” in the fight against Covid-19. On Saturday, India had banned the export of hydroxychloroquine, which the country manufactures in large quantities.

Another party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said: “President Trump’s remarks that ‘India has been taking advantage of US trade for years’ and ‘there may be retaliation if India does not supply hydroxychloroquine’ proves that US views relationship with India as transactional and neither “HowdyModi” nor “Namaste Trump” make us all-weather friends.”

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