In April 2020, Sheikh Mohamed spoke with Gates to discuss enhanced cooperation between the UAE and the foundation to help the international community fight COVID-19. During the call, Gates noted the UAE’s initiatives to support other countries by providing medical and protective supplies. Sheikh Mohamed and Gates also stressed the importance of supporting research centers and medical institutions working to develop a cure for the virus.
In 2017, the UAE and Gates Foundation launched the Reaching the Last Mile Fund to support efforts to eradicate treatable diseases like polio and malaria worldwide. During the second Reaching the Last Mile Forum in November 2019, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan pledged $160 million to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 2019-2023 Polio Endgame Strategy. Including this gift, the UAE has contributed a total of $327 million to polio eradication efforts.