Brazilian Prez thanks Modi for allowing the export of raw materials to produce hydroxychloroquine

NEW DELHI: Brazilian President thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate the export of raw materials to Brazil for the production of antimalarial drugs, which many consider a viable therapeutic solution to fight infections.

In a speech to the nation on Wednesday, Bolsonaro said that Brazil will receive ingredients from India for hydroxychloroquine production on Saturday.

We have more good news. As a result of my direct conversation with the Prime Minister of India, we will receive raw materials on Saturday to continue our production of hydroxychloroquine so that we can treat patients with COVID-19, as well as lupus, malaria and arthritis, he said.

I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for such timely help to the people of Brazil, the Brazilian leader said.

Parts of the transcript of his speech were made available by a diplomat from the Latin American country.

Modi and Bolsonaro had a telephone conversation on April 4 during which the Brazilian leader asked Modi to allow the export of the drug and raw materials for its production in Brazil.

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Separately, in a letter sent to Modi on Tuesday, Bolsonaro mentioned that two Brazilian laboratories, EMS and Apsen, have been importing raw materials from India for several years to produce hydroxychloroquine and that Brazil's domestic supply of the drug depends on its production. by the two companies. .

Bolsonaro asked Modi to ensure that Brazil obtains the supply of the ordered raw material before the imposition of the hydroxychloroquine ban.

On March 25, India banned the export of hydroxychloroquine amid views in some quarters that the drug could be used to fight COVID-19. India is the largest exporter of the drug. The ban was partially lifted on Tuesday.

In the letter to Modi, the Brazilian leader invoked the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, mentioning the story of how Lord Hanuman brought a sacred medicine from the Himalayas to save Laxmana's life.

Brazil, the largest country in Latin America , has recorded nearly 14,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 660 deaths due to infection. Globally, the virus has killed more than 75,000 people and infected more than 13 lakh.

Bolsonaro said that Brazil hoped that the use of hydroxychloroquine would help in treating people infected with coronavirus in his country.

Like many other countries, Brazil is hopeful of using hydroxychloroquine as an effective means of treating patients who have contracted COVID-19, the Brazilian leader wrote in the letter.

He also referred to the partnership between the two countries in the pharmaceutical sector, adding that the main Brazilian pharmaceutical laboratories have a strong and long association with Indian laboratories.