Hydroxychloroquine consignment from India arrives at US Newark airport

Earlier this week, India cleared the export of 35,82 lakh tablets of hydroxychloroquine to the US, along with nine metric tons of active pharmaceutical ingredient or API required in the manufacture of the drug, at the behest of President Donald Trump. Now the consignment has reached Newark Airport, US

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 12, 2020 09:26 IST

Tags: World Corona
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Tons of Consingnmet to US

A consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India landed in the United States on Saturday, days after New Delhi ended a moratorium on the sale of the anti-malaria medication, deemed a potential remedy for COVID-19, for humanitarian purposes to the United States and several other nations. Earlier this week, India cleared the export of 35,82 lakh tablets of hydroxychloroquine to the US at President Donald Trump's request, along with nine metric tons of active pharmaceutical ingredient or API equipped in the manufacture of the product. "Supporting our partners in the fight against COVID-19. Consignment of hydroxychloroquine from India arrived at Newark airport today," India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu tweeted. 

Trump, during last week's phone call, asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the hold of the anti-malarial medication, which India is the top manufacturer, on American request. India, which manufactures 70% of the hydroxychloroquine supply worldwide, ended the prohibition on April 7. The US Food and Drug Administration has established hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure for COVID-19 and is being studied in New York on more than I coronavirus patients. In hope that this would succeed, Trump has ordered more than 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine for future care of COVID-19 victims, despite initial promising findings.

 

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