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Sunday, 31 May 2020 3.15 AM IST

Brazil President thanks PM Modi for "timely help" in fight against Coronavirus

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NEW DELHI:Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing export of raw materials to continue production of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug believed effective in the treatment of the novel coronavirus. In his address to the nation on Wednesday Mr Bolsonaro said he thanked the Prime Modi and the people of India for "timely help to the people of Brazil".

"We have more good news. As an outcome 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. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India for such timely help to the people of Brazil," Mr Bolsonaro said.

Mr Bolsonaro has been criticised by some for downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and has sometimes referred to the virus as a "little flu".

Over 30 countries, led by the United States, have urged India to release supplies of hydroxychloroquine, a drug identified by the US's Food and Drug Administration as a treatment odrption against the COVID-19 virus.

Earlier this week President Bolsonaro wrote to Prime Minister Modi referencing Hindu epic Ramayana while making his request. "Just as Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama's brother Lakshmana..." Mr Bolsonaro's letter said.

Mr Bolsonaro, who was the chief guest for India's 70th Republic Day celebrations in January, spoke to PM Modi last week to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. The PM assured all possible support to Mr Bolsonaro and the people of Brazil.

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