Acknowledging his thank you note this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and United States partnership is stronger than ever and assured that "we will fight this (the coronavirus pandemic) together". The United States alone accounts for 4.3 lakh infections and 14,700 fatalities.
India has made a decision to lift a partial ban on Hydroxychloroquine - a drug used in the possible cure of Covid-19. The perceived bromance between the two leaders that saw two electrifying - the "Howdy Modi" event in Houston, Texas, in September past year and "Namaste Trump" in Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat in February - had not helped ease the tension between the two countries. "By the way, the hydroxychloroquine.we have millions of doses that I bought for the country".
Global stocks are however limited and Trump said that he had pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend to expedite shipments, hinting at consequences otherwise.
"I spoke to him [.] we had a very good talk".
"We are in a great shape from the medicine standpoint", Trump told Fox News in an interview.
In an address to the nation on Wednesday, Bolsonaro said Brazil will receive ingredients from India for the production of hydroxychloroquine on Saturday. With US President Donald Trump pushing for its usage, there's excitement about a potential new treatment for the coronavirus pandemic. And I don't hear anything where it is causing death, said the US President.
Mr Trump has repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine, widely used to treat malaria, as a therapeutics against coronavirus, though its effects are yet to be scientifically proven. It said it would allow exports only from firms that had already received full payment prior to the government's order or if the drugs were being exported from special economic zones or export-oriented units to fulfil pre-existing obligations. "In this case, India seems to have enough hydroxychloroquine to export on humanitarian grounds". You know they put a stop because they wanted it for India.
President Trump's tweet acknowledging the help in "extraordinary times" and his expression of gratitude to Modi for the gesture during Wednesday's White House briefing were seen by some in Indian media as evidence of deepening ties between the two countries. An official statement of April 3 said, "The leaders explored possible collaboration between India and Israel in fighting the pandemic by improving availability of pharmaceutical supplies".
Trump on Monday warned of "retaliation" if India banned supply of medicines.
The country has a production capacity of 40 tonnes of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) every month, implying 20 crore tablets of 200 mg each.