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Pakistani PM, Bill Gates discuss measures against COVID-19

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Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister’s office made this known on Wednesday.

“The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the work of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for fighting poverty, combating COVID-19 pandemic and inequalities around the world,’’ it said in a statement.

While commending the Gates Foundation’s strong advocacy to promote equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, Khan underscored the importance of equitable and timely delivery of the vaccines to low-income countries.

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Both also exchanged views on the polio eradication campaign, health and development issues, as well as climate change, according to the statement.

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The Pakistani Prime Minister and Gates agreed on the urgent need to stop the spread of COVID-19, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases in Pakistan.

Khan reaffirmed that eradicating polio remained a key priority of the Pakistani government.

He said that efforts were underway to intensify the anti-polio campaign across the country in spite of COVID-19 related challenges, according to the statement.

Xinhua/NAN

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