India has sent its first shipment containing 55 lakh tablets of Hydroxychloroquine to United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a tweet to this effect, the UAE Embassy in India thanked the Indian government for facilitating the procedures for its shipment.
It further tweeted that: “The first shipment of medicine, currently on its way to the UAE, includes 5.5 million pills for treatment of patients with Covid_19. We highly appreciate the cooperation of the Indian government in facilitating the procedures for obtaining the necessary approvals”.
It may be recalled India has despatched yet another shipment to the USA two-days ago after lifting sanctions on it following the appeal made by US President Donald Trump with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Later India has reportedly decided to export this anti-malarial drug to as many as 55 coronavirus-hit countries as grants as well as on commercial basis.
According to sources India has already despatched consignments to countries like US, Mauritius and Seychelles during the past few days while several others will get it by the weekend. They include neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh Nepal, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Myanmar besides countries like Zambia, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali Congo, Egypt, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, Jamaica, Syria, Ukraine, Chad, Zimbabwe, France, Jordan, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Columbia, Algeria Bahamas, and the United Kingdom.
Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for the COVID-19 and it was successfully tested on more than 1,500 coronavirus patients in New York.