Before Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had thanked Modi for approving the export of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
New Delhi| Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending 5 tonnes of cargo carrying the life-saving Hydroxychloroquine drug from India. In reply, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “We will fight the epidemic together. India is ready to help all its friends. We pray for the good health of the people of Israel.”
We have to jointly fight this pandemic.
India is ready to do whatever is possible to help our friends.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2020
Earlier, US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had also thanked Modi. Anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are being used by the doctors to help deal with the coronavirus crisis. The US, Brazil to Israel had sought help from India to make it available. After this, Modi had promised to end the global pandemic and make these medicines available to humanity.
On Thursday evening, Netanyahu tweeted, “Thank you from all the citizens of Israel for sending chloroquine, my dear friend Narendra Modi.” A drug-filled aircraft had arrived in Israel on Tuesday. Israel asked India to provide chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine drugs on April 3. After this, India on Tuesday provided a shipment of medicines to Israel. Earlier on March 13, Israel had also sought masks and other urgent medical assistance. Currently, more than 10 thousand coronavirus cases have been reported in Israel. 86 people have died. 121 patients are on Ventilator.
India is the leading exporter of hydroxychloroquine
India is the leading producer and exporter of this drug in the world. On March 25, India banned the export of hydroxychloroquine, but on April 6, at the request of several countries to tackle the epidemic, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) called for the removal of the ban on the export of 14 drugs, including hydroxychloroquine.