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April 27, 2020 | Press Releases

Steube Cosponsors Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Wuhan Whistleblower

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) cosponsored H.R. 6471, the Dr. Li Wenliang Congressional Gold Medal Act. This legislation requests that Congress award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Wuhan doctor, Dr. Li Wenliang.

Dr. Li Wenliang bravely risked his safety to warn the public about COVID-19 despite the punishment he faced from the Communist Chinese government for speaking up.” Steube commented. “We should honor Dr. Wenliang with the Congressional Gold Medal to recognize his bravery and global service.”

Dr. Li Wenliang tried to warn the public in December of 2019 about the COVID-19 outbreak. Communist China quickly censored him, and the COVID-19 pandemic later swept the globe. Dr. Li Wenliang contracted COVID-19 in January of 2020 at a Wuhan hospital and died after breathing complications in early February.

Dr. Wenliang also tried to warn fellow Wuhan doctors about the potential outbreak of what he called a “SARS-like” virus. Prior to his death, Chinese government were investigating him for “spreading rumors.”

The full text of the legislation can be found here.