The United States said the UN coronavirus event was organized to allow Beijing to spread “propaganda.”
The two-day meeting of the UN General Assembly will begin on Thursday and will be held in a remote format. Some 53 heads of state, 39 heads of government and 38 ministers will deliver pre-recorded video messages.
An anonymous senior US government source said the special session of the General Assembly should have been held earlier.
He said the event was geared towards China’s interests and expressed outrage at the inability to ask questions during Friday’s discussions.
The source also suggested that China would use this situation to spread propaganda.
The representative of the Chinese mission to the UN in New York said that the US “politicization of the issue is not in the interests of the international community.”