India lifts ban on exporting hydroxychloroquine after President Trump threatened ‘retaliation’ if the country failed to send potential coronavirus treatment to the US
*India lifted ban on 24 drugs and ingredients, including hydroxychloroquine
*Ban came into force last month as country went on lockdown over coronavirus
*But foreign ministry said country has enough supplies so rules can be relaxed
“Comes after President Trump, who has touted hydroxychloroquine as a virus treatment, threatened ‘retaliation’ if India holds up supplies
The government had banned the export of 24 drugs last month as the country went into lockdown to ensure domestic supplies.
Foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said Tuesday that India now has sufficient supplies for its needs, so export restrictions ‘have been largely lifted.’
The White House has been championing hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, even though it hasn’t been proven effective against the disease.