Chinese Embassy in France Mocks U.S. Coronavirus Response With 'Once Upon a Virus' Animated Video

The Chinese embassy in France released a video Thursday mocking the United States response to the novel coronavirus with a short animation entitled "Once Upon a Virus."

The Chinese embassy in France posted the video to its Twitter account.

The video purports that the U.S., represented in the video by a Statue of Liberty figurine, did not heed warnings from the Chinese government that the novel coronavirus was dangerous.

When the figurine representing China reported "strange pneumonia cases," a logo for the World Health Organization replies, "roger that." When China then proclaims that it has "discovered a new virus," the U.S. response is, "so what?"

The video goes on to say the U.S. called the temporary hospital built by the Chinese government "a concentration camp" and that the lockdown measures the communist country implemented was "barbaric" and "a violation of human rights."

Later on the video, the figurine representing China says the novel coronavirus was overwhelming its medical system, to which the U.S. responds "look how backward China is." Then the figurine says, "the virus is killing doctors," prompting the American figurine to respond, "typical third world."

At one point in the video, the Chinese figurine says that the novel coronavirus is now airborne. The American figurine responds, "it will magically go away in April."

Those words seem to be a direct shot at comments President Donald Trump made in February that he believed COVID-19 would go away by April.

"By the way, the virus, they're working hard. Looks like by April, you know in theory when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. I hope that's true. But we're doing great in our country. And China, I spoke with President Xi [Jinping] and they're working very, very hard and I think it is going to all work out fine. Rough stuff, I tell you. Rough, rough stuff. But I think it's going to work out good," Trump said at a rally in New Hampshire on February 10, before adding that the U.S. only had 11 confirmed cases in the country at the time.

The video concludes with the American figurine stating that the U.S. "did nothing for three months" and is cutting funding to the World Health Organization because the group "agrees with China." After pointing out contradictions made by the American figurine, which stated that while the virus was not dangerous "millions of Chinese are dead," the Chinese figurine responds saying, "That's what I love about you Americans – your consistency."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for a response to the video, but they did not respond back in time for publication.

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, a city in China, back in December. It has since spread throughout the globe and there are now 3.2 million confirmed cases and over 231,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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