India Snubs The U.S., Cutting Us Off From Trump Promoted Corona Medicine
The Corona Virus is holding the world hostage we are all facing this virus in some capacity and being forced to face the reality that we were not prepared for this pandemic. Doctors are looking to create a vaccine and find adequate treatments for those infected. They are desperate as the hospital beds fill, especially in hot spots like New York City, where there are claims that they are now using refrigerated trucks to store bodies, due to the morgues filling up. But one drug, hydroxychloroquine, that has not yet been proven to treat the Corona Virus, but has been promoted by Trump, may now be harder to come by since one of our main suppliers, India, is cutting us off.
"India, which sources nearly half of the U.S. supply of hydroxychloroquine, has banned the drug’s export “without any exceptions” effective immediately, India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in an April 4 order on its website."
"Trump said on Saturday that he had spoken to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and revealed that India is giving “serious consideration” to the release of shipments U.S. has already ordered."
"A Bloomberg News analysis found that 47 percent of the U.S. supply of hydroxychloroquine last year came from Indian manufacturers, including the top U.S. supplier, Zydus Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is a subsidiary of Ahmedabad, India-based Cadila Healthcare Ltd."
Trump recently praised the drug.
"We bought a tremendous amount of … hydroxychloroquine, which I think is, you know, it’s a great malaria drug. It’s worked unbelievably, it’s a powerful drug on malaria. And there are signs that it works on [coronavirus], some very strong signs. And in the meantime, it’s been around a long time, and also works very powerfully on lupus. So there are some very strong, powerful signs, and we’ll have to see. Because again, it’s being tested now, this is a new thing that just happened to us, the invisible enemy, we call it.
… It’s a very strong, powerful medicine, but it doesn’t kill people. We have some very good results and some very good tests. You’ve seen the same test that I have. In France, they had a very good test. But we don’t have time to go and say, gee, let’s take a couple of years and test it out. And let’s go and test with the test tubes and the laboratories. We don’t have time. I’d love to do that."
There has been a French study that claims hydroxychloroquine in combination with azithromycin showed promising results but they have not been duplicated here and there are questions whether the testing was done properly. So it is still up in the air as to whether it is a sound treatment or not. Trump even added that he is not a Doctor, he has just heard good things. But either way, it looks like the drug is going to become less available now that Trump has gone public about it.