In a telephone meeting on Wednesday, Prime minister Imran Khan and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discussed matters including COVID-19 response, climate change and polio eradication and affirmed their commitment to work together. They agreed to urgently tackle the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in Pakistan, including polio and the coronavirus.

Appreciating the Gates Foundation’s strong advocacy to promote equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine, the prime minister emphasized the importance delivering timely doses to low-income countries.


He praised the foundation’s global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty around the world. Recalling his recent letter on climate change addressed to Bill Gates the Prime Minister briefed him about Pakistan’s environmental initiatives including the 10 billion Tree Tsunami project.


Imran Khan maintained that the eradication of polio remained a key priority and that his government plans to intensify the nation-wide anti-polio campaign despite COVID-19 related challenges.

Bill Gates acknowledged Pakistan’s commitment to address climate change and agreed that it is vital for countries to cooperate in order to cope with this challenge.

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Highlighting the vulnerability of food systems to climate change, Gates stressed the importance of prioritizing agricultural research. He also suggested Prime Minister Khan to leverage Pakistan’s unique voice to raise awareness for increasing global support for smallholder farmers.

Pakistan has a strong partnership with the Gates Foundation, including, inter alia, Gates Foundation’s continued support for the Ehsaas Programme, which helps the most vulnerable segment of Pakistan’s population.

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