India lifts restrictions on export of 24 drugs after discussion with US President

India lifts restrictions on export of 24 drugs after discussion with US President

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, India has lifted restrictions on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines. The restrictions had been imposed last month after the coronavirus outbreak disrupted global supply chains. Quoting Indian government sources, news agency Reuters said the bans had prompted intense pressure from the United States. India’s decision followed after a telephone call on Saturday between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.

"The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on the issue of global supply chains for critical pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and to ensure they continue to function as smoothly as possible during the global health crisis," White House spokesman Judd Deere, said in a tweet on Saturday following the leaders' call.