The European Union (EU) supported the World Health Organization and multilateral efforts to combat the corona virus on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump threatened to quit the global agency.
"This is the time of solidarity, not the time to point a finger or undermine multilateral cooperation," European Foreign Minister Virginie Battu-Henriksson told reporters.
The EU supported a request at the WHO Annual Meeting on Tuesday to request an "impartial, independent and comprehensive assessment" of the international response to the pandemic.
And the spokeswoman said: "The European Union supports WHO in its efforts to contain and mitigate the COVID 19 outbreak and has already provided additional resources to support these efforts."
This is not the first time that Brussels is against Washington, where Trump has accused the UN health agency of being too close to China and slow to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Monday, the US leader, who has already frozen US funding for WHO, wrote to its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to file charges and threaten to withdraw.
"They are a puppet of China, they are China-centered, to put it nicer," he said.
Beijing has furiously denied US allegations of downplaying the threat, and Chinese President Xi Jinping confirmed at the World Health Assembly that his nation was "transparent" during the crisis.
Brussels supports an independent investigation into the outbreak and spread of the epidemic, but has attempted to conduct an international, multilateral response to the crisis and to raise funds for vaccine research.
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