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India sends hydroxychloroquine pills to UAE for battle against coronavirus

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India has agreed to send hydroxychloroquine tablets to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be used for treating COVID-19 patients, the UAE’s embassy in New Delhi said.

Last month, the Centre put a ban on exports as sales soared to secure domestic supplies as US President Donald Trump touted the drug as a potentially effective treatment for the deadly coronavirus. It said this month it would send supplies to some countries.

“The first shipment of medicine, currently on its way to the UAE, includes 5.5 million pills for treatment of patients with COVID-19,” the embassy tweeted late on Saturday.

A number of countries including the US, Mauritius, and Seychelles have already received the drug in the past few days.

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