The United States rejected any reference to the WHO in the resolution, and also rejected an alternative that did not explicitly name the organization – citing the UN's "specialized health agencies," two diplomatic sources told CNN. UN diplomats were surprised by US efforts to block voting on Friday. The effort they had been working on for more than six weeks stopped screaming, and they fear it will not be revived.
Similarly, the United States has blocked the expression of global unity at G7 and G20 meetings due to anger over China and WHO.
China had called for the resolution to include reference to the WHO's efforts, which led to rejection by the United States.
A foreign ministry spokeswoman said the Trump administration wants the UNSC to call for a global ceasefire, but said China stifled its efforts to succeed.
"In our view, the goal should be to support the Secretary-General's call for a global ceasefire. Unfortunately, China has been determined to use this resolution to promote false narratives of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan," said a spokesman. "In our view, the Council should either proceed with a resolution that is limited to ceasefire support, or an expanded resolution that fully addresses the need for renewed member state commitment to transparency and accountability in the context of COVID-19."
The spokesman also said that China "repeatedly blocked compromises that would allow the council to move forward."
Trump administration officials also say that if China had been more transparent early – which could potentially have prevented the new coronavirus from becoming a pandemic – life would have been saved.