Letzte Aktualisierung: April 16, 2021
China's unforgotten hero
By Johnny Erling
During the Spring Festival, I received a sign of life from the highly respected surgeon Jiang Yanyong. (蒋彦永). The world has his courageous actions and medical ethos to thank for the early disclosure and stopping of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the lung disease precursor to COVID-19, in 2003 before it could develop into a pandemic. Because Jiang was also no longer willing to keep quiet about what he saw as chief medical officer during the Tiananmen massacre on June 4, 1989, he was imprisoned for the first time. Jiang is one of the heroes Beijing wants to make people forget existed.