Republicans in both chambers of Congress are pushing for recognition of a doctor from Wuhan, Dr. Li Wenliang China, who tried to warn the world about COVID-19. Spearheaded by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the GOP effort seeks to rename the street outside of the Chinese Embassy after Dr. Li, who has since died.
I'm honored to introduce a bill to name the street in front of the Chinese Embassy after Dr. Li. May this serve as a reminder to the CCP that truth and freedom will prevail, and that they will be held accountable for the devastating impact of their lies.https://t.co/iHuum39asy— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) May 7, 2020
Dr. Li warned colleagues in December of 2019 about the oncoming threat of coronavirus, and pushed doctors to protect themselves from contracting the virus via personal protective equipment. Despite his warning, which proved to be correct, Dr. Li was silenced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). After his warning of the perils of the virus, Dr. Li eventually succumbed to coronavirus in February.
Before his passing, Dr. Li told The New York Times that China covered up information about coronavirus:
"If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier, I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”
GOP Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NB) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a companion bill in the upper chamber.
The CCP wants the world to forget Dr. Li Wenliang, who tried to warn his colleagues about the Wuhan virus.— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 7, 2020
We can ensure his name is never forgotten by placing it permanently outside the embassy of the regime responsible for his persecution and death. https://t.co/XtsXNlYNVv
The case of Dr. Li is yet another representation of the Chinese Communist Party choosing propaganda over truth, and silencing the medical realities of coronavirus.
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