CNA Staff, Dec 4, 2020 / 11:30 am
A pro-life research group has clarified which of the leading COVID vaccine candidates in the United States have not used abortion-derived cell lines in production or testing.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said on Thursday it is "encouraging" that "many leading vaccine candidates" funded by the U.S. "do not use abortion-derived cell lines in their production."
However, the institute said, some of the tests conducted on these vaccine candidates used the abortion-derived cell lines-which "unnecessarily put American families in a difficult position," CLI said.
Since COVID-vaccine development began, the group has documented any use of aborted fetal cell lines in production or testing of the vaccine candidates. CLI has also tracked vaccine development under Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's campaign to fund companies to rapidly produce a COVID vaccine.