US President Donald Trump says the World Health Organisation “should be ashamed of themselves” for serving as a “public relations agency for China”.
“[The US] pays them almost $500 million a year and China pays them almost $38 million a year,” the president said.
“They shouldn’t be making excuses when people make horrible mistakes, especially mistakes that are causing hundreds of thousands of people around the world to die,” he said.
Mr Trump also claimed to have seen evidence that gave him “a high degree of confidence” the virus originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology but withheld any detail.
“We’re going to find out. You’ll be learning in the not-too-distant future. But it’s a terrible thing that happened – whether they made a mistake or whether it started off as a mistake and then they made another one. Or did somebody do something on purpose?” he said.
Contrary to the President’s claim, a report from the Office of Director of National Intelligence suggested the nation’s collective intelligence community did not believe the coronavirus was manmade or genetically modified.