Two days after agreeing to the text of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution calling for a truce among warring parties worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration jolted the council by walking back on its approval, with a US envoy saying: “The United States cannot support the current draft."

In a report filed by Philippe Rater of the Agence France Presse (AFP) late on May 9, the US delegation did not explain the volte-face on a resolution that took two months to win approval and would have stopped hostilities and allow all nations and warring parties to devote more resources in combating the pandemic.

Eventually, the US State Department admitted that China and the World Health Organization (WHO) prompted the reversal, accusing China of repeatedly blocking compromises to make the resolution move.

US President Trump had already withdrawn the delayed payment of its share of the WHO budget and had accused China of deliberately spreading the COVID-19 virus that originated from Wuhan City in the Hubei province of China. #coronavirusimpact #COVID19