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UAE receives 5.5m hydroxychloroquine pills from India

US President Donald Trump has previously described the antimalarial medicine as a "game changer" in the fight against Covid-19

UAE receives 5.5m hydroxychloroquine pills from India

US President Donald Trump has previously described hydroxychloroquine as a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19.

The UAE has received a shipment of 5.5 million hydroxychloroquine pills from India.

The medicine, which is ordinarily used to treat malaria, has been found to be effective in the treatment of the deadly coronavirus.

US President Donald Trump has previously described hydroxychloroquine as a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19, although scientists have warned against the dangers of overhyping unproven treatments.

A social media posting on Twitter by the UAE Embassy in New Delhi, said: “Under the guidance of UAE leadership, @UAEembassyIndia succeeded in obtaining the approval of the Indian government to export adequate quantities of #Hydroxychloroquine to UAE.”

India had said last month that it was imposing a ban on exports as sales of the drug soared, although this was relaxed earlier this month with a vow to send supplies to a certain number of countries.

The thread from the embassy went on: “The first shipment of medicine, currently on its way to the #UAE, includes 5.5 million pills for treatment of patients with #Covid_19. We highly appreciate the cooperation.”

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