PM Imran Khan discusses anti-polio drive, COVID-19 with Bill Gates on phone

Government of PakistanPM Imran Khan discusses anti-polio drive, COVID-19 with Bill Gates on phone

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with the Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Bill Gates, and exchanged views on the ongoing polio eradication campaign in the Country as well as on Pakistan’s response to the public health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prime minister appreciated the work of BMGF for the socio-economic uplift of the most disadvantaged people around the globe, especially for promoting universal access to health services and combating of infectious diseases.

Imran Khan expressed gratitude, in particular, for BMGF’s partnership with Pakistan to rid the Country of polio.


The prime minister reaffirmed that polio eradication remained a key national priority for the government and earnest efforts were continuing to further intensify the anti-polio campaign across the Country despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 crisis, in order to achieve a Polio Free Pakistan.

Recalling that a special polio eradication campaign was launched in the Country earlier this month (June 7-11, 2021), during which vaccine drops were administered to over 33 million children under five years of age, the prime minister expressed his satisfaction over the substantive progress in cutting the transmission of the poliovirus in the Country.


The prime minister hoped that polio will be eradicated soon with the support of all partners.

Bill Gates expressed his appreciation for the prime minister’s leadership for this national cause. He added that while progress is encouraging, keeping up pressure will be the key to ending transmission for good.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to overcome the third wave of Coronavirus in the Country.

While alluding to Pakistan’s potential in the Information Technology (IT) Sector and the government’s business-friendly IT policy, the prime minister encouraged Microsoft to further expand its footprint in Pakistan.

Today’s telephone call follows the high-level GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative ) Polio Oversight Board (POB) delegation visit to Pakistan in early June when Prime Minister Imran Khan met with POB leadership and had convened the National Task Force on Polio Eradication.

The new GPEI Polio Eradication Strategy was launched on June 10, 2021 in a global (virtual) event featuring high-level participation from Pakistan.


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