The US President, Donald Trump has announced his country will be cutting funding to the World Health Organisation.
The US contributes the largest share of the W-H-O's funds, at nearly 15-percent.
But Mr Trump says when the organisation accepted and repeated China's claims about the virus without checking them, it failed in its duty to keep the world safe and must be held accountable.
Māni Dunlop speaks to RNZ's Washington corespondent. Simon Marks..