AGENCIES, Sao Paolo: It seems that India will be a saviour for many countries who do not have access to hydroxychloroquine, the drug used in malaria treatment of which India is a major producer. After helping out the US with supplies, India’s attention went to Brazil, one of the BRICS nations desperately seeking these medicines.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has applauded India’s supply of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil. PM Narendra Modi also received a big thank you note from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who compared India’s gesture to his country as Sanjeevani Booti brought by Lord Hanuman to save life of Lakshman, brother of Lord Ram
Bolsonaro added: “India and Brazil will overcome this global crisis by joining forces and sharing blessings for the sake of all people.”
Brazil has seen 14,049 cases of coronavirus including 688 deaths. On April 7, Brazil saw a spike of over 1,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, a war of words has erupted between China and Brazil with China demanding an explanation from Brazil after the far-right government’s education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country’s “plan for world domination,” in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent.
In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, education minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was behind the global health crisis.
“Geopolitically, who will come out stronger from this global crisis?” he wrote on Twitter Saturday.
The row comes as Brazil, like many countries, is hoping to source more medical equipment from China to deal with COVID-19.