From the Abstract: "Established on September 13, 2016, the PLA's [People's Liberation Army's] Joint Logistics Support Force (JLSF) oversees a variety of logistics functions, including PLA hospitals and medical services. Less than four years after its establishment, the JLSF faced its first real test in January 2020 when Xi Jinping called on the PLA to assist civilian efforts to control the initial COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak in Wuhan. In the two years since, PLA medical institutions and personnel have played a key role in China's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both domestically and internationally. In this paper, we examine the PLA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic to derive broad observations about the PLA's role in responding to a public health emergency and insights about the PLA medical system's capabilities."
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