China honoured a virologist of Wuhan-based bio-lab for her passionate research into bats and viruses.
Virologist Shi Zhengli from the Wuhan Institute of Virology who has earned the moniker of 'Bat Woman' was honoured as an "advanced worker of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)."
Wuhan Institute of Virology was at the centre of the COVID-19 storm last year.
A WHO team has arrived at the Chinese city to probe the origins of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
There were speculations on whether the viral strain originated from China's premier virology institute or from its nearby Huanan Seafood Market, as per the earlier reports.
Virologist Shi Zhengli was praised as adhering to the scientific values of innovation, serving the country and benefiting people amid challenges.