PM Imran Khan discusses Polio & Covid-19 situation of Pakistan with Bill Gates over Phone

Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with the Co-Chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates

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despite challenges associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. He reaffirmed that eradication of polio from Pakistan remained a key emphasis of the government and efforts were underway to strengthen the anti-polio campaign across the country,

PM Imran also underscored that Pakistan noticed continued positive progress with a sharp decrease in polio cases in 2021 and registered only one polio case in the whole year.

This most delinquent was to be operated for the procurement of 24 million oral doses of vaccines and to allow the programme to reach around 21 million children under five years of age with a focus on the high-risk districts with persistent poliovirus transmission.

Gates appreciated the recent efforts made by Pakistan to eradicate polio, reinforced his commitment to Polio eradication, acknowledged Pakistan’s successful Covid-19 vaccination campaign, and assured of Gates Foundation’s continued support.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan and Bill Gates agreed to continue working together on the shared objectives.”

On December 13, 2021, Japan had announced a $4.35 million grant to procure fundamental oral polio vaccines as part of its ongoing support to Pakistan for its polio eradication efforts.