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ZJU alumna CHEN Wei receives national honorary title—“the People's Hero”

2020-09-10 Global Communications

An awards ceremony was held on Tuesday morning, September 8 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to honor outstanding individuals and organizations in the fight against COVID-19. At the ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping presented the Medal of the Republic and the national honorary title “the People’s Hero” to four individuals for their outstanding contributions in the fight. In addition, 1,499 individuals, 500 groups, 186 CPC members and 150 primary-level Party organizations were commended for their roles in combating the pandemic. Among the honorees were some of our ZJU members. 

CHEN Wei (Chemical Engineering, '88), an eminent epidemiologist and virologist, was awarded the national honorary title “the People’s Hero”. From SARS and Ebola to COVID-19, she has dedicated herself to the battle against life-threatening viruses. Early in 2020, CHEN Wei was recalled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, one day after the Chinese Lunar New Year. She and her team immediately started to work in a makeshift lab for research and testing. And only 50 days later, the first vaccine was ready for clinical trials. She has made remarkable achievements in COVID-19-related basic research and development of vaccine and protective medicine.

Outstanding individuals and CPC members included LI Lanjuan, member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and one of China’s leading scientists in the fight against the novel coronavirus; ZHENG Xia, vice director of the Intensive Care Medicine Department of the 1st Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine; CUI Wei, director of the Intensive Care Medicine Department of the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine; YU Hong, vice president of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital affiliated with the Zhejiang University School of Medicine; and CHEN Yagang, director of the Infectious Disease Department of the 4th Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. Outstanding groups and primary-level Party organizations included the CPC Committee of the 1st Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, the ICU medical team of the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, the aid medical team of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital affiliated with the Zhejiang University School of Medicine sent to Jingmen City, Hubei Province.