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Dec 22, 2020 - 05:48 pm .- Catholics are not morally obliged to take the coronavirus vaccine and should appeal to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas has said.
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.
Dec 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- In a December 8 letter to his diocese, Bishop Daniel Flores said that he wants “to assure Catholics that it is morally permissible for us to make use of the various vaccines when they become available.”
Dec 15, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Vatican City will begin to offer coronavirus vaccinations in January, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene. 
Dec 14, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The United States bishops' conference has said that Catholics can take two of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, even though they were developed with a “remote connection” to “morally compromised” cell lines.
Dec 11, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- A Vatican diplomat has called for a coordinated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines which ensures that the poor are not left behind.
Dec 5, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- A coronavirus vaccine developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an unborn child who was aborted in 1983 can be received without sin, the English and Welsh bishops’ conference said Thursday.
Dec 3, 2020 - 05:00 pm .- As public officials debate whether prison populations should be among the first or last to receive a COVID vaccine, ethicists say that incarceration should not be the deciding factor.
Dec 2, 2020 - 09:30 am .- A federal health advisory committee proposed on Tuesday that health care workers and long-term care facility residents should be the first to receive a COVID vaccine, as a Catholic ethicist warned that vulnerable people, like the elderly, cannot be pushed to the back of the line.
Nov 24, 2020 - 06:33 pm .- Amid debate over the ethics of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate under development by Moderna, a Catholic microbiologist told CNA that while research connected to aborted fetal cells may have contributed to the knowledge base being used in the vaccine’s development, the actual production of the vaccine does not use cells of any kind, fetal or otherwise.
Sep 4, 2020 - 12:37 am .- Catholic leaders in the U.S. have welcomed the news that one of the world’s biggest vaccine producers has decided to discontinue a polio vaccine derived from an abortion fetal cell line.
Aug 28, 2020 - 02:01 pm .- With more than 1,000 deaths a day still being registered in the United States, coronavirus vaccines are being developed, and tested at speed. Ahead of an effective vaccine being found, some government officials have broached the possibility of mandatory vaccinations—prompting ethical and legal questions.
Aug 24, 2020 - 03:10 pm .- The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, has called on the country’s government to fund an ethical coronavirus vaccine not derived from the cells of aborted children.
Aug 8, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Production for a new coronavirus vaccine is speeding along, but ethical questions remain about its development, and who should receive it first.
Jul 31, 2020 - 03:45 am .- The Catholic Church supports vaccination because it helps to protect society’s most vulnerable people, bishops in England said Thursday.
Jul 28, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- As coronavirus vaccine prototypes move closer to testing and approval, some Catholics are debating the ethical sources behind a leading vaccine candidate.
May 2, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said in an interview Thursday that “there’s been a history in creating vaccines of—in some cases anyway—of using cell lines from aborted fetuses,” and that it remains important to highlight the complicated ethical concerns in vaccine research. 
Apr 28, 2020 - 05:17 pm .- Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver has announced that he is donating to the University of British Columbia’s research toward a COVID-19 vaccine.
Apr 18, 2020 - 04:28 pm .- Development of an effective, safe and widely available vaccine for the novel coronavirus is deeply important, but its development should avoid unethical links to abortion, said pro-life leaders in a letter to the Trump administration.
Jan 31, 2020 - 04:28 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Connecticut issued a statement Tuesday clarifying Church teaching on vaccines, as legislators in the state consider a proposal that would eliminate the option for religious exemptions from vaccines.

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