Xi defends China's virus response, offers vaccine when ready


Earlier this month, China reportedly refused to allow the World Health Organization to investigate the origins of the coronavirus. Watch the full video for more.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged an additional $2 billion to battle the novel coronavirus over the next two years while the United States doubled down on its criticism of the World Health Organization at its annual gathering Monday.

The report backed a probe into the global response, but said conducting it during the heat of the pandemic "could disrupt WHO's ability to respond effectively".

Chinese President Xi Jinping painted his country as a global leader at the World Health Organization's annual meeting Monday, calling for worldwide cooperation against the new coronavirus, pledging $2 billion toward this end, and promising to make any Chinese vaccine "a global public good" when available.

"We have come together as the nations of the world to confront the defining health crisis of our time", WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the assembly.

Trump said he chose not to address the WHO's annual meeting on Monday, held virtually this year, although Chinese President Xi Jinping had done so.

Earlier Monday, the World Health Organization said it would launch an independent review of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Scientists around the world have been working on finding a cure for the virus that has ravaged the world, and one tweeted over the weekend that it could just go away naturally by the end of 2020.

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Dr Tedros said the pandemic has exposed critical fault lines between countries that could jeopardise stopping the virus.

While many countries with official relations with Beijing are upset at China's initial handling of the coronavirus, the pulling of the vote shows that they are not willing to risk political and economic ties to support Taipei's drive for WHA representation. "And geopolitical divisions have been thrown into sharp relief". Last year, China donated about $86 million to WHO.

Defending his government's strategy against the pandemic, Xi said: "All along, we have acted with openness, transparency and responsibility".

"This is on top of a "tremendous amount" of medical supplies sent to over 50 African countries in recent months", he said.

Newsweek reported Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency believes China attempted to pressure the WHO against announcing a public health emergency in January, citing a report corroborated by two senior USA intelligence officials. We have provided information to World Health Organization and relevant countries in a most timely fashion.

On April 14, President Trump halted America's funding of up to Dollars 500 million annually to the World Health Organisation while a review is being done to assess its role in "severely mismanaging and covering up" the spread of the deadly coronavirus when it first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

"Had the World Health Organization done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China's lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death", Trump said then. It declared the outbreak to be a pandemic on March 11, after the virus had killed thousands globally and sparked large epidemics in South Korea, Italy, Iran and elsewhere.