India’s curb on the export of 26 APIs in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak has reverberated through the drug manufacturing industry, but the government insists it is a temporary measure as the government takes heed of its needs.
Speaking at a conference Wednesday, Mansukh Mandaviya, minister of state for chemicals and fertilizer, said the measure was taken to make sure there are no shortages of medicine for India, the Times of India reports. He said the policy should be short-lived while a task force he heads makes plans for India to reduce its dependence on APIs from China.
“It is not a permanent measure and is being reviewed on a daily basis,” Mandaviya said. “It has been done to ensure that there is no shortage of medicines in the country regarding coronavirus.”