This was an unexpected approval, as the WHO faced stiff criticism from the United States over its handling of the virus crisis.
On Friday, an advanced team of two WHO experts – animal health and epidemiology specialists – traveled to China to try to identify the animal source of the pandemic which has killed more than 550,000 people and infected 12.4 million people worldwide.
Experts will be in Beijing for the weekend to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to identify how the virus has spread from animals to humans.
American Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Andrew Bremberg, said that the United States considered the investigation “a necessary step to have a complete and transparent understanding of how this virus has spread in the world” .
The United States is the most affected country, with at least 133,900 deaths and more than three million cases of infection. New cases increased by more than 69,000 on Friday – setting a record for the third day in a row.
On Friday, the American president spoke of the origins of the virus and warned of the frayed ties with China.
“The (relationship) with China has been badly damaged,” said Donald Trump.
“They could have stopped the plague.
“They didn’t stop him. “