The two-hour primetime show curated by Lady Gaga raised more than $150 million for the organization’s Solidarity Response Fund, organizers said.
Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, former US first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion and Taylor Swift all participated in the special.
But critics of the WHO lashed out on social media in response to the broadcast event, which was the largest celebrity gathering so far to fight the pandemic.
“Each and EVERY ‘celebrity’ involved is a traitor to humankind and an equal conspirator is covering up the @WHO and Communist China’s CRIMES against humanity,” one Twitter user wrote.
The backlash comes as President Trump has accused the WHO of pro-China bias and not acting fast enough to confront the dangerous, new virus when it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
“Why not raise money for out of work American citizens?” another user tweeted of the spectacle. “If these celebrities really cared they wouldn’t be supporting WHO. China lied and the WHO backed them.”
Coronavirus has spread to more than 735,00 Americans, including at least 39,000 deaths as of Sunday morning, according to the latest figures from John Hopkins University.