BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China will as always support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its role in leading global efforts to fight the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Wednesday.
Zhao made the remarks at a press briefing after U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly said his country might put its funding to the WHO on hold, and that "the WHO really blew it" in its response to COVID-19.
The spokesman said since the outbreak of COVID-19, the WHO, led by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had been actively fulfilling its duty and upholding an objective, scientific and fair position to assist countries in coping with the coronavirus outbreak and promoting international cooperation.
Zhao said the WHO's important role had been recognized and commended by the international community.
The statement of the recent Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit on COVID-19 also stressed that members would fully support and commit to further strengthening the WHO's mandate in coordinating the international fight against the pandemic, he added.
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly across the world, the U.S. announcement to consider putting a hold on its funding to the WHO might severely jeopardize the organization's operation and harm international cooperation in fighting the pandemic, Zhao said.
He called on countries around the globe to work together, help each other and make joint contributions to the fight against the epidemic.