PM Imran, Bill Gates discuss COVID-19, polio eradication and climate

PM Imran, Bill Gates discuss COVID-19, polio eradication and climate

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates held a telephonic conversation on Wednesday and exchanged views on the latest status of COVID-19 pandemic, polio eradication campaign, health and development issues and climate change.

During the conversation, PM Imran underscored the importance of equitable, timely, and scaled delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries.

The two agreed on the importance of urgently stopping the spread of COVID-19, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed that eradication of polio remained a key priority of the government and efforts were underway to intensify the anti-polio campaign across the country despite COVID-19 related challenges.

The premier affirmed his commitment to strengthening efforts nationwide to achieve a polio-free Pakistan.

He expressed appreciation for the work of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for fighting poverty, combating COVID-19 pandemic and inequalities around the world.

Recalling his recent letter addressed to Bill Gates on Climate Change, Imran Khan apprised Bill Gates about Pakistan's flagship initiatives, including the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Initiative.

Bill Gates, who also co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged Pakistan's commitment to address climate change and agreed that the world must come together to face this global challenge.

While highlighting that food systems are particularly vulnerable to climate change, he emphasized that the global leaders should prioritize investments in agricultural research for adaptation.

Bill Gates also suggested Prime Minister Imran Khan to leverage Pakistan's unique voice to raise awareness for increasing global support for smallholder farmers.