More than 110 nations have expressed support for an independent investigation into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic that is likely to shine an unflattering light on China.
A draft resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the "international health response to COVID-19" is being circulated among diplomats and prepared for this week's World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, which is part of the United Nations.
The resolution was drafted by member states of the European Union following Australia's initial proposal for an investigation aimed at China, where COVID-19 began spreading.
The draft resolution listed more than 110 nations that had signaled their support. It would require the vote of two-thirds of the 194-member assembly to pass.
China said on Monday that it was too early to begin such an investigation.
China wasn't mentioned by name in the draft resolution, but Australian officials have said they think its scope still allows for sufficient scrutiny of China.