With the reassurance from HCQ, India is in search of US assist with state-of-the-art Covid-19 testing tools – Information from India

Secretary of State Harsh Shringla on Wednesday asked the Trump administration for assistance in gaining access to state-of-the-art Covid-19 testing equipment. Shringla made the request in a telephone conversation with his counterpart, US Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun.

Shringla’s call is a continuation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conversation with US President Donald Trump last Saturday. Secretary of State S Jaishankar had touched the base with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on April 6th.

Officials have not elaborated on the equipment India is trying to access.

“There was an exchange of views on the current situation regarding the spread of Sars-CoV-2 and the challenges it poses,” said one person who was aware of the development.

“Both sides discussed ways to further improve their cooperation to fight and fight the pandemic, including through the development of novel therapies and prophylactic agents against Covid-19,” the person said. They also talked about ensuring the availability of essential drugs, diagnostic and medical equipment, and sharing best practices and information.

India this week eased export restrictions on hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol to meet existing orders. The relaxation came after New Delhi received inquiries from nearly 20 countries including the US and Brazil.

India has approved the use of hydroxychloroquine as prophylaxis to protect health workers and close contacts with Covid-19 patients. A small clinical study in China had shown that the antimalarial drug reduced the duration and severity of coughs, fevers, and pneumonia in patients, leading to an increase in demand for the drug

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