Mexican Senator Lilly Téllez. Photo: Google

By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

Mexican Senator Lilly Téllez, from the conservative National Action Party (PAN), issued a stern condemnation Tuesday, Jan. 26, to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) announcement the previous day that the country will be receiving 24 million unproven Sputnik V vaccines from Russia to be distributed nationwide.

“Mexico does not require the ‘affection’ of Russia (a reference to how AMLO described his conversation Monday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who offered to send the vaccines), an antidemocratic, authoritative, corrupt country, with no freedom of expression,” Téllez said in a tweet.

“Much less do we need Russia’s poor-quality vaccines. (AMLO) should not underestimate the (Mexican) people.” 

On Monday, AMLO, who is currently in isolation in his private quarters at the National Palace after having been diagnosed as having contracted covid-19, tweeted that Putin “showed genuine affection” during their chat in which Russia agreed to send Mexico the vaccines.

“I invited (Putin) to visit Mexico and I thanked him for the decision to send 24 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine over the course of the next two months,” the Mexican president’s tweet said.

Téllez’s tweet immediately stirred both pro and con reactions on the Mexican political scene, to which she responded with yet another tweet noting that the Sputnik V vaccine has not yet been approved for use by international medical authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO), due to a lack of standardized testing procedures, published investigations and peer review.

“Why are we getting the Russian vaccine when it has yet to complete (Phase 3) studies and validations, and its (initial) results have not been optimum?” Téllez asked rhetorically.

“There is no clarity regarding it efficiency or safety, and there are as yet no Phase 3 studies and the results of its Phase 2 studies were altered.”

The WHO is due to approve the use of several Western vaccines and the Chinese CanSino vaccine in the coming weeks and months.

It has already approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

Mexico began its ambitious National Vaccination Plan against covid with applications of the Pfizer vaccine, but because of shortages of that vaccine, and its high cost compared to the Russian and Chinese alternatives, has been looking to substitute with less expensive options.

…Jan. 27, 2021

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