Pakistan to sell chloroquine to allies amid COVID-19 pandemic
Pakistan will sell chloroquine anti-malaria medication to allies to help those countries fight the COVID-19 crisis.
The decision was taken in a meeting of cabinets chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan as per information.
“The Cabinet also approved the export of chloroquine to the USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UK, Italy, Qatar, and Kazakhstan as Pakistan has an additional stock of the drug,” Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan stated.
Pakistan has 40 million tablets of chloroquine in stock and more raw materials to produce.
“One million chloroquine tablets will be sent to Saudi Arabia and the United States each, 500,000 to Turkey and Italy each, five million to the United Kingdom, 700,000 to Kazakhstan and 300,000 to Qatar,” Awan said.
Global demands for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have risen after the drug showed promising results in battling lung-related coronavirus infections.
The current coronavirus pandemic, meanwhile, has infected more than 2.5 million people worldwide and killed more than 175,000 people.