The European Union supported the World Health Organization and multilateral efforts to fight the coronavirus on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to leave the global agency.
"This is the time for solidarity, not the time to point fingers or undermine multilateral cooperation," European Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson told reporters.
The EU sponsored a motion at the Tuesday session of the WHO annual assembly 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 outbreak of COVID-19 and has already provided additional funds to support these efforts."
It is not the first time that this has put Brussels in opposition to Washington, where Trump has accused the United Nations health agency of being too close to China and taking too long to react to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Monday, the US leader – who has already frozen US funding for WHO – wrote his director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to present the charges and threaten to withdraw.
"They are a puppet from China, they are focused on China to make it better," he explained.
Beijing furiously denied US claims that it minimized the threat and Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated at the World Health Assembly that his country had been "transparent" during the crisis.
Brussels is supporting an independent investigation into how the epidemic broke out and spread, but tried to lead an international multilateral response to the crisis and to raise funds for vaccine research.