During his first visit to Pakistan, Gates will meet with President Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and a wealthy philanthropist, arrived in Pakistan on Thursday for a day-long visit, during which he will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and attend other scheduled events.
Gates, who is also the co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is visiting the country for the first time. He went to the anti-polio program's headquarters, where he was briefed by the program's director, Dr. Shehzad Baig, on Covid-19 and polio preventive efforts in the country.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, turned to Twitter to wish Gates a warm welcome to Pakistan.
In early January, Gates and the Prime Minister of Pakistan discussed common interests, including polio eradication in Pakistan and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. PM Imran Khan thanked the Gates Foundation for fighting poverty, disease and injustice around the world. Prime Minister confirmed that polio eradication remains a top priority of the government in Pakistan and efforts are being made to strengthen polio campaigns across the country.