Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $2 billion to the World Health Organization to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and said he supported a “global review” of the international response to the outbreak, but only if it is led by the WHO and only after the virus has been contained.
Xi made the announcement at the organization’s general assembly. His comments via video link came after more than 100 health ministers from around the world said they supported an independent investigation of the WHO’s handling of the global crisis.
“We have shared control and treatment experience with the world without reservation,” Xi said. “We have done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need.”
The European Union’s 27-member bloc called for the independent evaluation to “review experiences gained and lessons learned” but China shot down the request, arguing Beijing had provided all relevant data to the WHO and other countries “in a most timely fashion.”