A Chinese state media on Tuesday released a short animation video, titled “Once Upon a Virus,” featuring Lego-like figures, that lashes out at the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following weeks of U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that the novel coronavirus was man-made and originated from a lab in Wuhan, Xinhua News Agency, the official state-run press agency of the People’s Republic of China, released the short video featuring English dialogues between a soldier wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.
In the video, the soldier issued various statements confirming the virus in January and continuously reported on the death toll and high infection rates, but was rebuffed by the Statue of Liberty, who claimed it was merely a flu.
Using excerpts of Donald Trump’s various responses in past press conferences, the Statue of Liberty gradually became sick and is shown to be linked to an IV with a red face, indicating a fever.
The United States has repeatedly accused China of covering up the severity of the virus and expressed wishes to launch a probe into the World Health Organization’s (WHO) alleged mishandling of the crisis.
As of press time, the U.S. is one of the most affected areas in the world with 1,197,086 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 69,442 deaths.