FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2020
Resolution Honoring Dr. Li Wenliang Passes Senate
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first identified the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in China late last year and sought to warn the government about the potentially devastating impact of the disease. Dr. Li succumbed to the coronavirus on February 7, 2020. The resolution also calls for transparency and cooperation from the government of the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party of China.
The resolution is sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and John Barrasso (R-Wyoming). Text of the resolution may be found here.
"Dr. Li tried to warn his country and the world about the deadly coronavirus, but he was silenced by the Chinese Communist Party. Today, the U.S. Senate celebrated his heroic actions and marked forever his contribution to the fight against the virus which took his life. We should honor his legacy by pushing the CCP to be fully transparent about this disease and their efforts to stop it," said Cotton.
“There is still time for authorities the world over to learn from Dr. Li’s plea for greater openness and transparency when facing outbreaks of infectious disease. Reports that citizen journalists are still being silenced demonstrate that the Chinese government has not heeded his advice. That does not diminish in any way the work of Chinese doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and all those who continue to provide care during this critical time. We should reject efforts by any government that places political expediency over an open and scientific approach to tackling this global health crisis,” said Markey.
“Dr. Li Wenliang tried to warn the world about the novel coronavirus, but the Chinese Communist Party stood in the way. Now the COVID-19 outbreak has taken Dr. Li’s life and was declared a global health emergency. We must ensure that this communicable and deadly virus is contained, and that means that the Chinese Communist Party must not be allowed to hide details of the coronavirus from its people and the world,” said Gardner.
“As the U.S. prepares for the COVID-19 outbreak, we take a moment to remember and recognize Dr. Li Wenliang, the first doctor to warn China and the world about the severity of this virus. Though his words of wisdom were quickly censured by the Chinese government, we stand together today to honor his legacy of courage and commitment to a cause he deeply believed in and that ultimately he paid with his own life,” said Menendez.