China honors people fighting COVID-19
China held a meeting on Tuesday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to commend role models in the country's fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
Prior to the meeting, Chinese leaders led by President Xi Jinping met with role models in the fight and took a group photo with them.
After the meeting began, participants observed a moment of silence for every life lost due to COVID-19.
Then, President Xi presented medals to recipients of the Medal of the Republic and the national honorary title for their outstanding contributions to the country's fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Medal of the Republic was conferred on renowned respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan. The national honorary title, "the People's Hero," was conferred on Zhang Boli, a traditional Chinese medicine expert who presided over research into the COVID-19 treatment plan combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, Zhang Dingyu, head of Wuhan's designated coronavirus-treating Jinyintan Hospital, and Chen Wei, a military medical scientist who made major achievements in COVID-19-related basic research and development of a vaccine and protective medicine.