The US rejected any reference to WHO in the text of the resolution, and also rejected an alternative that did not explicitly mention the name of the organization – and instead cited “UN special health agencies,” two diplomatic sources told CNN. The United States to block Friday’s election The efforts they have been working on for more than six weeks have stalled, and they fear it will not be revived.
The US has also blocked the expression of global unity at the G7 and G20 meetings because of anger towards China and WHO.
China urged the resolution to include references to WHO’s efforts, which prompted rejection from the US.
A State Department spokesman said the Trump administration did want the UNSC to call for a global ceasefire, but said that China was hampering efforts from succeeding.
“In our view, the aim is to support the Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire. Unfortunately, the PRC has determined to use this resolution to advance false narratives about its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan,” the spokesman said. “In our view, the Council must continue with a limited resolution to support for a ceasefire, or an expanded resolution that fully addresses the need for renewed member states’ commitments for transparency and accountability in the context of COVID-19.”
The spokesman also said China “repeatedly blocked compromises that would allow the Council to move forward.”
The Trump administration official also said that if China were more transparent from the start – which could potentially prevent the new corona virus from turning into a pandemic – lives would be saved.