Vatican: COVID-19 vaccine morally acceptable

A health care worker at Martin Luther King Jr Community Hospital in Los Angeles holds a vial of COVID-19 vaccine (CNS/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

The Vatican’s doctrinal office says it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted babies if alternative vaccines are not available. Source: CNS.

However, “the licit use of such vaccines does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted foetuses,” said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“Both pharmaceutical companies and governmental health agencies are therefore encouraged to produce, approve, distribute and offer ethically acceptable vaccines that do not create problems of conscience for either health care providers or the people to be vaccinated,” it added in a note published yesterday.

The note “on the morality of using some anti-COVID-19 vaccines” had been reviewed by Pope Francis on December 17 and he ordered its publication, the doctrinal office said.

As COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in some parts of the world, the doctrinal office said it had received requests for guidance regarding the use of vaccines which, “in the course of research and production, employed cell lines drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century”.

“When ethically irreproachable COVID-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted foetuses in their research and production process,” the doctrinal congregation wrote in the new note.

The doctrinal office also said that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary”.


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