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COVID-19: Former US President George W Bush had devised a pandemic response plan

COVID-19: Former US President George W Bush had devised a pandemic response plan

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 April 2020 12:30 PM GMT

Former US President George W Bush had devised a pandemic response plan so that America can be prepared for crisis such as COVID-19, well, claim reports.

In 2005, Bush had announced a National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, and the next year, his administration rolled out an implementation plan.

The exercise of the execution of this plan was substantial on the beginning but over time it petered down, claim reports.

Bush decided to come up with the plan after reading books that say that every 100 years such pandemic can occur that can be detrimental for humans.

Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for hydroxychloroquine and the Indian leader has agreed to bring the “full strength” of India-US partnership to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hydroxychloroquine is in short supply in the US after Trump promoted it as a preventive and a therapy for COVID-19.

Trump said that he called Modi on Saturday morning and told him, “I’d appreciate if they would release the amounts that we ordered and they are giving it serious consideration.”

On March 25, India banned the export of hydroxychloroquine, which is used primarily to treat malaria and lupus.

Modi tweeted earlier, “We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19.”

Though Modi has not disclosed his decision, Trump held out hope of the drug being released, saying, “They make large amounts of hydroxychloroquine, very large amounts, frankly.”

About India’s ban on its export, Trump said, “They hold (the medicine) because they have 1.5 billion people. Trump, who has been promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, said that he might try it himself.

“I may take it, and I may have to ask my doctors about that,” he said.

There has been a run on the medicine in the US because of the reports of its efficacy against coronavirus.

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