US President Donald Trump threatened to freeze the funding of the World Health Organization accusing it of being 'China-biased' during the coronavirus crisis.

Trump was speaking at a news conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.

He then appeared to backtrack on the warning when asked if it was the right time to do it during a pandemic.

"No, maybe not. I mean, I'm not saying I'm going to do it, but we're going to look at it," said Trump.

Trump expressed his support to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was taken to intensive care with worsening coronavirus symptoms.

He also said the US had at least 8,675 ventilators with many more in production, allowing to obtain a stockpile of "110,000 ventilators coming over a short period of time".

"Hopefully we won't need them. I don't think we'll need anywhere near them, but we'll have them for the future. And we'll also be able to help other countries who are desperate for ventilators," said Trump.

According to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University, the US has registered 386,817 cases of the coronavirus, with 12,722 related deaths.

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