Pakistan, May 23 -- World Bank approved a $500 million loan program to boost Pakistan's emergency response amid the coronavirus pandemic and protect human capital investments in the country.

The program would help the country improve access to quality healthcare and education, support economic opportunities for women, and strengthen social safety nets as it braces to limit the impact of COVID-19.

The World Bank stated, "The initiative will support greater coordination between provincial and the federal governments to immunise millions of children and reduce their risks of contracting polio and other diseases."

World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Illango Patchamuthu said, "The global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting day-to-day life i...