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PM Khan, Bill Gates discuss COVID-19 response, polio eradication and next steps on climate change

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ISLAMABAD, April 28 ): Prime Minister Imran Khan had a telephone conversation with Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They discussed the latest situation of COVID-19 epidemic, polio eradication campaign, health and development issues and climate change.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), The Prime Minister praised the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the fight against COVID-19 epidemics and inequality around the world.

Recalling his recent letter to Mr. Gates on climate change, the Prime Minister briefed Mr. Gates on Pakistan’s key projects, including the  10 billion Tree Tsunami Initiative.

Mr Gates acknowledged Pakistan’s commitment to tackling climate change and agreed that the world must come together to meet this global challenge. Highlighting that food systems are particularly vulnerable to climate change, he urged world leaders to prioritize investment in agricultural research for adaptation. He also suggested to Prime Minister Khan to take advantage of Pakistan’s unique voice to raise awareness for enhancing global cooperation for small wealthy farmers.

Appreciating the Gates Foundation’s strong advocacy for promoting equal access to COD-19 vaccines, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of equitable, timely and small-scale delivery of COVID 19 in low-income countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Mr. Gates agreed on the importance of immediately stopping the spread of Covid 19, polio and other immunizable diseases in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed that eradication of polio is a top priority of the government and efforts are being made to intensify the anti-polio drive across the country despite the challenges posed by Covid 19. The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen efforts across the country to achieve a polio-free Pakistan.

The Gates Foundation has a strong partnership with Pakistan, including the continuation of the Gates Foundation’s Ehsan program, which helps the most vulnerable segment of Pakistan’s population.

The Prime Minister and Mr. Gates agreed to continue working together on common goals.

The two leaders agreed that the world must come together to meet this global challenge and that the world’s food system is under threat due to climate change. “World leaders should prioritize investment in agricultural research,” said Bill Gates.

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