Prime Minister Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Imran Khan spoke to Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Tuesday to discuss the Covid-19 situation and the recommencement of polio vaccination campaigns in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.
In the telephonic conversation, the PM Pakistan apprised Gates about the improving Covid-19 situation in Pakistan with a considerable reduction in new cases and the fatality rate.
Imran Khan said that the federal government’s “smart lockdown” policy proved to effective in curbing the pandemic.
The PM Pakistan noted that timely interventions enabled the government to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus on health and economy and avert a major catastrophe.
The PM acknowledged the Gates Foundation’s continued support to Pakistan which includes the COVID-19 response and reaffirmed polio eradication as a key priority of the government.
Both the prime minister and Gates agreed to enhance the polio programme to ensure vaccination for all children, including in the remote areas