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Combating coronavirus: India sends 5.5 million hydroxychloroquine tablets to UAE Filed on April 20, 2020 | Last updated on April 20, 2020 at 06.33 am
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This medicine is the first batch in the over 30 million pills that India has promised to supply UAE.

India has sent 5.5 million hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets, a drug found to be efficient in fighting Covid-19, to the UAE.

This medicine is the first batch in the over 30 million pills that India has promised to supply UAE.

"We highly appreciate the cooperation of the Indian government in facilitating the procedures for obtaining the necessary approvals," the UAE embassy in New Delhi tweeted on Saturday, April 18.

Earlier, the Indian ambassador in the UAE Pawan Kapoor had told Khaleej Times that India is fast-tracking procedures to supply over 30 million HCQ tablets to the UAE after receiving a 'note verbale' from the government.

"There was a request from the government of the UAE and we have agreed to fast track it."

The envoy said there is a huge demand for HCQ from many countries and India is considering it on a case to case basis. "As the drug is on the restricted list, we are obviously giving exception to the UAE, given the friendly relations between the two countries."

Global demand for hydroxychloroquine manufactured by India boosted after some studies indicated that the drug, when paired with azithromycin, helped clear patients of the virus at a much faster rate than seen usually.

Meanwhile, reports in India media suggested the decision to quickly send the drugs to Abu Dhabi and Dubai was taken after UAE sent a request for 3.25 crore HCQ 200 mg tablets and 10 metric tonnes of active pharmaceutical ingredients. 


Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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