The Independent ✒ A directive from the Catholic church body says the J&J vaccine was produced with abortion-derived cell lines
An American Catholic church body on Tuesday urged its followers to avoid the coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, alleging that it was “developed, tested and produced using abortion-derived cell lines.”
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Catholics to choose between the alternatives offered by Pfizer and Moderna because the J&J vaccine raised questions about “moral permissibility.”
“The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in the United States again raises questions about the moral permissibility of using vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines,” said Bishop Kevin C Rhoades, chairman of USCCB.
The body said the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are preferable “if one has the ability to choose a vaccine.”
Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had approved the J&J vaccine on Saturday. The vaccine is touted as major step for it is the first single-dose vaccine to have been approved by the US authorities.
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