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Russia Responds To Sonoran Senator Who Criticized Sputnik V Vaccine

Lilly Téllez
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Sonoran Senator Lilly Téllez

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president announced last week that his country will purchase millions of doses of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine. Afterward, a Sonoran senator accused the government of being cheap — prompting a response from Russia.

Former TV journalist and now Sen. Lilly Téllez tweeted that the federal government was purchasing Sputnik V vaccines because they are cheap. 

She also wrote that the Russian vaccine hadn’t been approved yet by the Mexican health authorities and the scientific community around the world. 

Soon after, supporters of the president attacked her on Twitter, calling her “Lady Anti Vaxxer.” She replied that she was only against low-quality vaccines.

The Russian Embassy in Mexico responded on social media, clarifying that the Sputnik V vaccine had been tested following international protocols and has been already purchased by over 50 countries.

The embassy also said that there’s nothing wrong with being the cheapest vaccine on the market.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.