Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing the export of raw materials necessary for the production of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug which is believed to be useful in the treatment of COVID-19.
“As a result of my direct conversation with Prime Minister of India, we will receive, by Saturday, raw materials to continue production of hydroxychloroquine so we can treat patients of COVID-19 as well as of lupus, malaria, and arthritis,” Bolsonaro said.
“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for such timely assistance to the people of Brazil,” he added.
Brazil has cited an example of Ramayana in making its request to India to supply the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to the country to help in the treatment of COVID-19 patients there.
Bolsonaro referred to ‘sanjeevanibooti’ to make the request to Prime Minister NarendraModi for the export of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil.
In a letter to Modi, Bolsonaro wrote, “Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama’s brother Laksmana, and Jesus healed those who were sick and restored the sight to Bartimeu, India and Brazil will overcome this global crisis by joining forces and sharing blessings for the sake of all peoples. Please accept, your Excellency, the assurances of my highest esteem and consideration.”