Vatican City, Dec 21, 2020 / 10:50 am
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith stated Monday that it is "morally acceptable" to receive COVID-19 vaccines produced using cell lines from aborted fetuses when no alternative is available.
In a note issued Dec. 21, the CDF said that in countries where vaccines without ethical problems are unavailable to physicians and patients -- or where their distribution is more difficult due to special storage or transport conditions -- it is "morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process."
This does not in any way imply a legitimation of the grave evil of the practice of abortion or that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses, the Vatican congregation said.
As COVID-19 vaccines begin to be distributed in some countries, questions have arisen regarding the connection of these vaccines to aborted fetal cell lines.