In “Wolf Warrior II,” a muscular and nationalistic Chinese action movie that broke box-office records in 2017, a heroic military scientist called Dr. Chen developed a vaccine for a deadly virus called Lamanla that was spreading across Africa.Two years earlier, a muscular and nationalistic Chinese state had sent a heroic military scientist called Dr. Chen to Sierra Leone to develop a vaccine for a deadly virus called Ebola that was spreading across Africa.The none-too-subtle reference was not lost on Chinese audiences.Now, in 2020, as a deadly coronavirus that causes a disease known as covid-19 spreads across the world, Dr. Chen is back in the limelight.This time it’s the real Dr. Chen: Chen Wei, a major general in the People’s Liberation Army and a virologist who leads the Institute of Bioengineering at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences.State media this month have run photos of Chen, in fatigues and a surgical mask, standing in front of a Communist Party flag and receiving an injection in her left arm. The substance was, according to the reports, one that China hopes will become the first vaccine against the coronavirus. Seven other military officers reportedly received the jab.“The virus is ruthless, but we believe


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