COVID Vaccine and Aborted Fetus Cells — Part 2 of 3

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) have sent to its members a couple of notices on the COVID vaccine and aborted fetal cells. Here’s part two (of two) I’ve adapted for you. Feel free to share this with family, friends, or others in your faith community.

I previously pointed out that the adenovirus vector vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Janssen are ethically problematic because their production uses fetal cells derived from abortions performed several decades ago.

However, I should point out that the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna did use fetal cells derived from an abortion in 1972 to confirm their newly developed mRNA was producing the spike protein of the Coronavirus. However, neither vaccine, require fetal cells for ongoing production.

This is a critical distinction for most Biblical ethicists. For example, The Charlotte Lozier Institute has adopted the position that a vaccine is ethically controversial only if fetal cells are used in the production of a vaccine. I’ll share a much more detailed analysis of this situation in tomorrow’s blog.

I would consider both the Modern and Pfizer vaccines as ethically acceptable.

CMDA encourages the use of and endorses the further development of medically effective and ethically permissible alternatives that do not raise the question of moral complicity.

Additional resources on the ethical status of COVID-19 vaccines are available here.

Here’s my three-part blog:

Here are some of my other blogs on this topic:


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