Across China: China's anti-pandemic efforts inspire Russian professor

  • World
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

TIANJIN, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- As the new semester is just days away, Andreeva Irina, 60, is busy preparing her teaching plan.

The professor has added new content to the curriculum, including the prevention and control of COVID-19 around the world.

"The epidemic has suspended our courses for a long time. I'm looking forward to meeting my students on campus again and having classes face to face," said Andreeva, who teaches Russian at the Tianjin Foreign Studies University in north China's Tianjin Municipality.

Born in Russia's port city of Vladivostok, Andreeva has been living in China for more than seven years.

She is among the university's students, professors and alumni who produced, translated and voiced-over three short videos featuring China's epidemic prevention experience.

The videos, in 28 languages, were released ahead of World Health Day on April 7, drawing accolades.

"My friends told me that they learned how China fought COVID-19 from the video, which made them more confident of winning the fight against the virus," she said, adding that she has asked her family to wear masks as the Chinese do.

Andreeva recalled that she and her husband were on vacation in Thailand in early February when the epidemic was spreading in China, and her family failed to persuade them to fly directly back to Russia.

"How could I leave my students in Tianjin and head to Russia? All the textbooks were in Tianjin anyway."

When the couple landed in Beijing on Feb. 12, she was surprised to see few travelers at the usually bustling airport. Airport staff in protective suits and masks were busy inquiring on every passenger and taking their temperatures.

"It was like in a movie," Andreeva said. "They were very strict but also very polite."

The university campus was closed and classes went online due to the epidemic.

She said she was moved by university staff visiting frequently to bring her masks and hand sanitizers. At the traditional Dragon Boat Festival that fell on June 25 this year, they also sent her zongzi, a festival delicacy made of rice and stuffing wrapped in reed leaves.

She even felt the warmth of strangers. "When I did not know how to use the QR health code, people around me were always willing to help," she said.

Andreeva has become accustomed to the preventive measures, which she said were key to the containment of the epidemic in China.

"I hope the measures China has taken can act as a reference for the world," she said.

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