One of the worst-affected in Covid-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom is set to get a batch of 3 million paracetamol packets as India lifts the ban on exports of drugs for countries in need.
The drug prescribed by doctors to treat fever is used in the early onset of the novel coronavirus disease and is therefore crucial.
Lord Tariq Ahmad, the Minister of State for South Asia and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the consignment symbolises India and UK’s commitment in fighting the pandemic together.
'The UK and India continue to work in close partnership to respond to the COVID-19 threat. My sincere thanks on behalf of the UK government to India for approving this important shipment, Lord Ahmad said.
India has also supplied Hydroxychloroquine to a number of countries that requested New Delhi for the drug - touted as a 'game changer' by the US President, Mr. Donald Trump, for fighting the viral infection off.
The consignment will reach the UK on Sunday coinciding with a series of charter flights booked by the British government to ferry its citizens out of India.
'We have been working very closely with the Indian authorities, here at the Indian High Commission in London, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and at state level in India to put in place all the necessary requirements for British nationals wanting to return,' Lord Ahmad said.
'The sheer logistics of this exercise involves every individual who has registered on to our central database being sent detailed information about booking their seat on the flights as well as local support for them to be able to get to the airports in the particular states, given the lockdown and curfews in place,' he said.
British travellers will be flown out of Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Amritsar, Ahmedabad and Thiruvananthapuram via Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai via Bengaluru over the coming week.