Lavish ceremony fails to mention Li Wenliang, who spoke up about virus, prompting online outcry
In a lavish ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping recognised a select group of citizens for their outsize contributions to the country’s fight against Covid-19 and praised his party’s resilience when faced with such “an extraordinary and historic test”.
In front of hundreds of party officials, cadres and health workers, Xi carefully draped a heavy gold medal over the head of the senior epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan. He awarded medals to a traditional Chinese medicine expert, the head of a Wuhan hospital at the forefront of the outbreak, and a military biomedical expert. More than 40 medical workers, local officials and police who died during the outbreak were also commended.